The long awaited 2nd edition of from the warring factions brings back into print Ammiel Alcalay's book-length poem dedicated to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, site of the massacre of some 7,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995. This daring blend of lyric and document remaps the world we inherit, from native New England to the Roman Empire, from the Gulf War to Palestine and the Balkans. The late Adrienne Rich has called from the warring factions the "kind of poem I've been waiting to read." And in her new introduction, Diane di Prima writes "This book forced me to redefine my life." Accompanied by an extensive discussion between Alcalay and poet Benjamin Hollander, as well as a new preface by the author, this edition brings an essential text of the post-9/11 world back into the conversation.
Poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar, Ammiel Alcalay is Deputy Chair of the PhD Program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and former chair of Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures at Queens College. He is the founder and general editor, under the auspices of the PhD program in English and the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and has edited texts by Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Diane di Prima, and Joanne Kyger for the series.