Old Songs, Old Women, Old Wine...

Jan 22, 2015 by

“Te miri daj merlas, mange nakazinlas, joj, de kajses romes te lav, joj, de se man pačiv dela” My grandmother’s...

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The Road / O Drom

Jan 11, 2015 by

The road holds a special place in my heart; a special magic that words just cannot hold. The truth is, though, there was nothing at...

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Religion / dévleskere láva

Dec 23, 2014 by

… Like stars in the sight of God… Religion is a very personal thing and for most Romani, it’s no different. Just as...

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Thanksgiving Ghost Tree / palj...

Dec 1, 2014 by

The holiday season for Romani – speaking from the personal perspective of my own family – is very different. We...

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Not That Kind

Nov 12, 2014 by

I was born into poverty. The aching hollowness of hunger; the hand-me-down clothes and too big shoes. Parents always working;...

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Remembering / pametlivo

Oct 10, 2014 by

I remember the first time I spoke out, the word “Holocaust” stumbling from my lips and falling heavily on the table in...

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Stories / Paramisa

Sep 29, 2014 by

Stories were woven into my life like threads in a well-worn blanket. Muted colours of the fields, forests, and hedgerows blended with...

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Magic and Magpies – Akha...

Aug 27, 2014 by

Our language is like a flock of magpies, gathering up glittering orbs of curiosity along the way, zmrzlina, škola, Indija .. foreign...

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Dikh. Dikh. Na Bister.

Jul 29, 2014 by

Look. Look. Don’t forget. I used to blame Maami Babka for being alcoholic; for my father’s violent drunken outbursts; for...

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Hedjoskero Gav

Jul 2, 2014 by

Our houses leaned against one another on the hillside like tired soldiers – this one missing a window, this one a door –...

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Education, Tradition, and the ...

Jun 22, 2014 by

  “te arakhel o Del” God forbid you learn your own traditions, my father would spit at me whenever I brought...

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From words, Laveha

Jun 6, 2014 by

“This is the truth, not just a poem”  – Linda Hogan As a child I was constantly reminded that for Roma, words are...

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