LOS ANGELES, United States (Kurdistan24) – Lozan Yamolky’s debut poetry collection I’m No Hero is heartful and sympathetic, political and personal, passionate and compassionate.
The collection voices the distress of the victims of war and destruction, people who lose their homes and become uninvited and unwelcomed guests in foreign countries.
At a time when an unprecedented 65.3 million people—nearly 34,000 people every day—are forcibly displaced as a result of conflict or persecution, the pertinent I’m No Hero puts a human face on dehumanized refugees.
“You cannot kill me
because I am dying every day.
Can you not see it in the news?
I am counted,
declared collateral damage,
and most times, not mentioned at all.
I am forgotten
soon after the memorable,
brilliantly colored commercial breaks.
You cannot kill me
because poets of the world know about me:
I am the immortal refugee.”
Yamolky’s poetry deplores those who dismiss the pain of the displaced either because of profit or out of apathy and ignorance.
I’m No Hero urges the audience to go back to the time when they had not learned to hate.
“War is a successful legitimate business. It is legal.
It is politically lawful;
and it is profitable.”
Additionally, I’m No Hero dabs into little anecdotes of parent-children relationships, loyalty and betrayal, and ethical dilemmas.
Spinning various tales, this Kurdish poet brings in her compassion and empathy into her writing as she speaks diverse characters’ minds.
Published by Silver Bow Publishing in British Columbia, Canada, 2016, Yamolsky’s poetry is described by Ariadne Sawyer as a collection that “shares the joys and sorrows of the world, mixing the beauty of poems with painful reality.”
Born to a Kurdish family in Baghdad in 1972, Yamolsky left home in 1994 for Turkey and settled in Canada in 1995. She is a mother of two sons.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
Published by Lozan Yamolky
First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that I humbly live on the traditional, unceeded territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Thank you for allowing me to live on your land —Vancouver, BC Canada.
I am a Canadian citizen who migrated from Kurdistan —Present day Northern Iraq, in 1995 after spending over a year as an asylum seeker in Turkey.
I was born and raised in Baghdad in 1972, I am the fifth of eleven children; three boys and seven girls –one brother passed away in infancy.
I am the author of ( I’m No Hero) and ( Counting Waves ) published by: Silver Bow Publishing. I am dedicating my third book of poems ( Dreamers Needed ) to my teenage boys, Trey, 15 and Wyatt, 13.
I started reciting my poems for the first time in 2013 at The Holy Wow Poets Canada in Maple Ridge. I am currently a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Federation of BC Writers, The Royal City Literary Art Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada. I am presently the secretary of the Royal City Literary Arts Society. I work as a freelance interpreter.
I was commissioned in the fall of 2017 to write a poem about the refugee experience to DaCapo Chamber Choir in Toronto. The event will feature my poem “I am here” in spring 2019.
I was one of the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Poet Award from WIN– Writers International Network Canada and was 3rd place winner at the 2018 Tagore Festival Peace Poems contest. Since first sharing my poetry in 2013, I have featured in numerous poetry events throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
My work has been published in The Royal City Poets Anthologies (Silver Bow Publishing), The Royal City Literary Arts Society online magazine eZine, Wordplay at Work, Creative Quills Ink Verse (North Vancouver), Celebrate Canada 150 and Culture Days From Far and Wide (Multicultural Creative Writing Collection 2017) and the 2018 Holy Wow Poets Anthology (Maple Ridge).
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