A Poet Remembers Journalist James Foley

September 3, 2014 8:31 PM

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A Poet Remembers Journalist James Foley

American reporter James Foley, who was killed in Syria on August 19, was -- and is -- a brother to me. In the wake of his senseless slaughter, I am publishing "In the Absence of Sparrows," which I wrote during his 656-day captivity. In so doing, I intend to reclaim his image and memory. And I hope to stamp out the numbing vision of Jim in an orange jumpsuit, kneeling in a desert expanse, his captor clad in black, standing above him.

I first met Jim in 1996 when we signed up for Teach for America. Following a stint as a ski lift operator in the Rocky Mountains, I arrived at our teacher training in Houston. Jim shipped in from Milwaukee after spending the summer working at a bottling factory. "Good to meet you, bro," Jim remarked...

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