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On the Ground: Voices of Resistance from the Nation’s Capital, on 89.3 FM in Washington, DC, and other Pacifica affiliates.

Books and Writing

Esther Iverem’s new book is Olokun of the Galaxy. In it, poetry and visual art is used to tell the story of Olokun, an African spirit of the deepest ocean, as s/he is born when Earth’s oceans are born, as s/he witnesses the Atlantic Slave Trade, industrial revolution, pollution of the planet’s water and, finally, […]

Art and Design

Legacy Quilts and Art is my art studio and website that includes my portfolio. On the relaunched site, you can also reach my shop on Etsy!

Online Media

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To purchase a signed copy of Iverem’s book, Olokun of the Galaxy, Olokun figures or other art, head to her shop on Etsy.  If the art or book you are interested in is not listed on Etsy, please use the form on this site and/or the email listed, to contact Iverem directly. Also, please support the soft launch of On the Ground‘s Patreon site, which will allow us to continue producing the show. Thank you for your support!

Iverem’s quilt, “Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares,” is touring nationally with “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms,”  sponsored by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.  At the  Henry Ford Museum, Dearborn, MI, until January 13, 2019; George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, Washington, DC, February 2019 – May 2019; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, December 2019 – March 2020; Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, June 2020 – October 2020.


The Great March of Return

By Esther Iverem

Come and see./ Come and see this new mound of dark corpses/ On which we plant the American flag./
On the body of an eighth-month-old/Suffocated blue from tear gas./ And on the teenager with half his head gone./ And on the woman, curled fetal
who will never be a mother./ Come and see as the dead fall in Gaza./And as the American flag rises.

Come and see the flag waving in Jerusalem./ The Marines color guard goose stepping./ The high-heeled standing ovations on occupied land./ Come see this ceremony and bold killing/ At the new shrine of empire./ See this parade of White Supremacy/
The hideous pageantry of Nazi science,/ Of apartheid science./ Where Lieberman knows every bullet/ And where every bullet landed.

See the murderer Netanyahu standing/ Spewing lies about peace, his tongue revealed/As swarm of maggots that devour his head./ See Jared Kushner, an ignoramus in a blue suit./ Parroting the party line. Like any average SS/ He has become death, the destroyer of worlds./ See Ivanka Trump: See, it is not all about Hitler./  But about those who followed and believed the lie,/ and repeated the lie and passed the lie to their children.

Come and see the trained, cowardly IDF snipers./ High up in canopied bunkers of cement/ Looking through their scopes./ Cursing, laughing and, now and then, taking turns/ Shooting across three barbed wire fences./  Killing children and journalists, Targeting the legs,/ Knees of thousands, creating an army of amputees./ Come and see these cowards point across/ Three barbed wire fences and shoot.

And so come and see thousands from Gaza/ Coming from ruins of a thousand bombings/ Coming from concentration camp rubble/ Where there is little water, little food, little electricity./ Where there are no jobs and there is no money./  Where farmers are shot trying to farm./ Where fisherman are shot trying to fish./ Where the sick just get sicker, wither and die./ Where, as the prisoners try to escape, they are shot.

Come and see the two million prisoners/ tired of dying and unafraid of death./ Come and see another dark people mourning,/ And then fighting back and choosing their land!/ Come and see them returning to their land/ Of dates, figs, pomegranates and oranges./ Come and see two million prisoners coming home/ To Haifa, Jaffa, Acre, Safad, Ramle, Lydda, Al-Majdal, Askalan, Beersheba, Beisan and Jerusalem./Come and see two million prisoners returning./ Returning, returning, returning. Returning home.

© Esther Iverem 2018