Abeir Soukieh is a poet and writer based in Canberra.  She is an Acquisitions Editor at be:longing and her work can be found at be:longing magazine, Not Very Quiet and the Cordite Poetry Review.

Artist’s statement:


A smooshing of the heart;
To be highly uncomfortable;
A severe pressing down upon;

When you stand there all subdued because you’re being gripped and jerked and kneaded by several thousand divergent ways of being all of which feel the need to insist upon you following theirs; theirs being the best, the rightest and the only way.


*Pronounced like ‘Nestle’.

© Abeir Soukieh, 2016