'Love me Before the City Disappears': Poet Nijla Mu’min

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Nijila Mu’min
Nijila Mu’min

Tell me memories mean something,
and I will carve your face on a tree
never cut it down,
Guard it with what slaps and surprises
Sage and old E-40 cassettes from an OG’s trunk

Can we love in a city, lost
Can we touch in a city, gone

– An excerpt from “Love Me Before The City Disappears” 

April is National Poetry Month! And before it ends, we want to celebrate contemporary poetry inspired by life in the Bay Area. Producer Maria Esquinca interviews writer and director Nijla Mu’min about her poetry, which explores the Bay as a backdrop of love, growing up here, and feeling unwelcome in a place that’s changed. 

Guest: Nijla Mu’min (poet and filmmaker)

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