I few months ago I was invited by writer Farhiya Khalid to submit the first part of my memoir The Mothers of Memory entitled Brooklyn is War. In Brooklyn is War I revisit life in Brooklyn in the 80s and what it meant to be a girl to immigrant parents on that sliver of soul called Flatbush.

Exile Magazine describes itself as:

Exile means to be away from one’s home (i.e. city, state or country), while either being explicitly refused permission to return and/or being threatened with imprisonment or death upon return. It can be a form of punishment and solitude.

An outlaw is declared as outside the protection of the law. In pre-modern societies, the criminal is withdrawn all legal protection, so that anyone is legally empowered to or kill them. Outlawry was thus one of the harshest penalties in the legal system.

Criminalization is the process by which behaviors and individuals are transformed into crime and criminals.

To be/become criminalized, outlawed or exiled from consensus, from collective thought and remembrance. To be exiled from one’s own body, the need for nostalgia. The right to hope. For some this is temporary. For others it became permanent.

To contribute feel free to contact editor Farhiya Khalid at fkhalid(a)ruc.dk

Exile Magazine


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