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Ilya Kaminsky’s Firing Squad

January 26, 2018

Firing Squad

Ilya Kaminsky

About This Poem


“This piece is from a recently completed manuscript, Deaf Republic. In the book, a boy is killed by soldiers breaking up a protest, the gunshot becomes the last thing the citizens hear—all have gone deaf, and their dissent is coordinated by sign language. ‘Firing Squad’ is dedicated to Garth Greenwell.”
—Ilya Kaminsky



Ilya Kaminsky is the author ofDancing in Odessa (Tupelo Press, 2004) and Deaf Republic, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2019. He is the coeditor of The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry(Ecco, 2010) and teaches at San Diego State University.


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