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Dis Place Ment




by K. James d’Agostino

  1. This poem is entirely composed of collage and erasure. None of the poet’s own words appear on the page.
  2. Much of the text used in this poem comes from the UN Refugee Agency’s “quick guide” found on
  3. Legal definitions (including for crimes against humanity) are taken from The Law Dictionary at
  4. “Who does the 1951 Convention Protect?” comes from “The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol” page also on
  5. The text about Bangladesh on page 3 is taken from “Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land,” by Gardiner Harris, published by the New York Times. On this page, a map of Bangladesh is overlaid with text also from this article, along with a public domain image from Gray’s Anatomy depicting blood vessels in a human lung.
  6. The quotes on page 4 are from “Climate change creates a new migration crisis for Bangladesh,” by Tim McDonnell, published by National Geographic. This page utilizes a heavily-modified medical illustration of thoracic anatomy by Patrick Lynch ( which was shared on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Generic License. The map of Bangladesh is overlaid with its rivers in red.
  7. The paragraphs on page 5 are taken from the comment section for Mr. Harris’ article on

K. James D’Agostino is an author and poet with an MFA from the University of Illinois. Their most recent short story was published in The Gravity Of The Thing, for which they were nominated for the Best of the Net, Best American Sci-fi, and a Pushcart Prize. They also work as an editorial assistant for the Ninth Letter literary journal.