About "Swing State"
In the 1950s, my father was a student revolutionary in Bangladesh (then East Pakistan), and consequently, I grew up in a household where the philosophy of government was a frequent topic of conversation. I lived on the East Coast for fifteen years, and in San Francisco for the last four, and it's amazing how being in a city that's so in line with my own politics can make me forget to think politically sometimes. I wrote "Swing State" in tears after the 2004 presidential election. It is an episode from my second book, Writing Home (in progress), and was originally published in SoMa Lit Review. Writing Home is a multi-genre collection of short stories, photographs, and poetry, spanning five countries (Nigeria, Bangladesh, India, America, and Thailand) and exploring the theme of perspective.