For more than a month, the national focus has been on school shootings. But here in Chicago, young people continue to die from gun violence in their neighborhoods, especially in communities of color. To honor those young victims, a Chicago poet has reached back to an ancient form called a Ghazal, a poem that can sometimes be set to music. Samina Hadi-Tabassum is a writer and clinical associate professor at the Erikson Institute in Chicago. Her poem “A Ghazal For Hadiya” was published this week on The Triibe.com, a site that showcases stories of interest to black millennials in Chicago.
Samina Hadi-Tabassum, clinical associate professor at the Erikson Institute in Chicago