Rana Bitar, MD, MFA
Author & Poet
A Loaf of Bread
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
About the Collection
A LOAF OF BREAD is a requiem for the loss of the author’s homeland. During the years of the civil war in Syria, the author lost her father-in-law; he was buried in a hurry in some unrecognizable ground in Aleppo.
Her aunt died alone in a sieged nursing home; her belongings were stolen. Her father was flown ill around the USA on a stretcher; he never got to go back home to his village in Syria; his bones rattle in some cemetery in South Carolina. During the war, her house in Damascus was bombed.
She followed the struggle of her friends and a thousand others as they boarded rubber boats and floated to the unknown; some drowned in the sea and some in their despair.
A Loaf Of Bread digs into the depth of anguish to excavate the collective human experience of grieving and enduring across the maps of losses.
Reviews & Praises
"I highly recommend this collection to fans of poetry and anyone looking for a different cultural perspective."
"Beautiful yet tragic short poetry collection. Inhale Bitar's crushing emotions in one stunning session."
"One mark of a good poet is the ability to convey events with emotions attached; Bitar far exceeds this mark in each and every poem. I rate A Loaf of Bread 4 out of 4 stars."
"I could not wait for another series. the woman is an expert. A very good read, indeed!"
The Deadly Writers Patrol #11. This issue was dedicated to the original publisher, Howard "Doc" Sherpe, who was instrumental in producing the first seven issues of DWP.
I asked the gravedigger
to recite the names of my brothers,
the names of their wives,
and the names of their children.
I asked him to dig deeper,
so I can bury my memories.
As I Die
The Deadly Writers Patrol
My house fell—
In my ears, the boom of the blow
and in my chest, lies a map of fear;
I wait for its edges to fold in,
so I can lay my head on it,
and fall asleep.
Rana Bitar was born and raised in Damascus, Syria. She is a physician specializing in hematology and oncology, and is currently practicing in Upstate New York.
Rana is an author and a poet. She earned a Master’s Degree in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University.
Her poetry appeared in The Deadly Writers Patrol journal, DoveTales, Earthen Lamp Journal, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, Magnolia Review, El Portal, and pacific REVIEW.
Her Poetry chapbook “A Loaf Of Bread” was published by “Unsolicited Press,” January 8, 2019. “A Loaf Of Bread” was a finalist in the “Concrete Wolf Chapbook Competition” in 2017, and won an honorable mention in “The 2017 Louis Award” for poetry.
News & Events
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Poetry and Short Stories Reading Events
D. Harvey Priesler Memorial Symposium, Colombia Presbyterian Hospital, NY, NY. September 2014
Vermont fundraising for Syrian Refugees with pianist Michael Arnowitt, May 2016
Niskayuna Drama Club, Poetry & Music Benefit for New York For Syrian Refugees, Niskayuna, NY, October 2016
Nuyorican Poets Café with clarinets Kinan Azmeh, Poetry & Music for the Benefit of Syrian Refugees, New York, NY, November 2016
RIFA, Rooklyn International Football Association, New York, NY, March 2017
Ryan's Daughter Cafe, Where The Jasmine Grow, A Benefit for Syria, New York, NY, October 2017
RISSE, Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, Arts Feast, Celebrating refugees and immigrants in our community! Albany, NY, January 2018
"ARTICLE 13" at Collar Works Gallery, Troy, New York, March 31, 2018.
Poetry Reading with Robert Benson & Rana Bitar, "Before" and "A Loaf of Bread." Northshire Bookstore, Saratoga Springs, NY, September, 13, 2019.
Caffè Lena Poetry Open Mike, Saratoga Springs, NY, January 8, 2020.
Saratoga Springs Public Library Reading, Saratoga Springs, NY, January 18, 2020.
Red Dragon Reading Series, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY, February 18, 2020 (Watch HERE).