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Fady Joudah's newest collection hits the ground running with its first poem and only continues to grow in its strength as it progresses. {...}'s publication could not have been more timely and relevant, yet it echoes the reality Palestinians have been forced to like for the past 75+ years. These poems are short but still smart, getting straight to the heart of their purpose. They also do not all the reader blanket absolution, forcing a reckoning with the complicity Western life has in the violence required to maintain the status quo. Despite the discomfort it creates, I deeply appreciated this aspect as it forced me to reflect in a new way. [...] is anti-war, anti-colonial, and a witness to the suffering of Palestine. 

— From Molly

From one of our most acclaimed contemporary writers, an urgent and essential collection of poems illuminating the visionary presence of Palestinians.Fady Joudah's powerful sixth collection of poems opens with, "I am unfinished business," articulating the ongoing pathos of the Palestinian people. A rendering of Joudah's survivance, ...] speaks to Palestine's daily and historic erasure and insists on presence inside and outside the ancestral land.
Responding to the unspeakable in real time, Joudah offers multiple ways of seeing the world through a Palestinian lens-a world filled with ordinary desires, no matter how grand or tragic the details may be--and asks their reader to be changed by them. The sequences are meditations on a carousel: the past returns as the future is foretold. But "Repetition won't guarantee wisdom," Joudah writes, demanding that we resuscitate language "before our] wisdom is an echo." These poems of urgency and care sing powerfully through a combination of intimate clarity and great dilations of scale, sending the reader on heartrending spins through echelons of time. ...] is a wonder. Joudah reminds us "Wonder belongs to all."
Fady Joudah is the author of [...]. He has also published six collections of poems: The Earth in the Attic; Alight; Textu, a book-long sequence of short poems whose meter is based on cellphone character count; Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance; and Tethered to Stars. He has translated several collections of poetry from the Arabic and is the co-editor and co-founder of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. He was a winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007 and has received the Jackson Poetry Prize, a PEN award, a Banipal/Times Literary Supplement prize from the UK, the Griffin Poetry Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Arab American Book Award. He lives in Houston, with his wife and kids, where he practices internal medicine.
Product Details ISBN: 9781639551286
ISBN-10: 163955128X
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 100
Language: English