Sayed Kashua is the author of the novels Dancing Arabs (2002), Let It Be Morning (2006), Second Person Singular (2010), and of the nonfiction Native: Dispatches from an Israeli–Palestinian Life (2016). The creator of the prizewinning Israeli sitcom Arab Labor, he now lives in the United States with his family and is completing a doctorate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His most recent novel, Track Changes, was published by Grove Press in January 2020. (May 2020)

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The Perils of Lockdown Living

Joseph Marcellin Combette: Portrait of a Family, 1800–1801

It took me six years from when we moved from Jerusalem to the US, but, thanks to the pandemic, I finally wrote my first poem in English. I was so excited the day I submitted it, not able to sleep the whole night awaiting the response from my third-grade son’s English teacher. “Did she write a comment in Google Classroom yet?” I asked my son, repeatedly. “Yes,” he finally answered not moving his eyes from Fortnite, “she really loved it, especially your line with the bees buzzing in the spring. We need to write another poem for tomorrow, something with metaphors and similes.”