Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry

Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry

By: Hayan Charara (editor)Paperback

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At no other time in American history has our imagination been so engrossed with the Arab experience. An indispensable and historic volume, "Inclined to Speak" gathers together poems, from the most important contemporary Arab American poets, that shape and alter our understanding of this experience. These poems also challenge us to reconsider what it means to be American. Impressive in its scope, this book provides readers with an astonishing array of poetic sensibilities, touching on every aspect of the human condition. Whether about culture, politics, loss, art, or language itself, the poems here engage these themes with originality, dignity, and an unyielding need not only to speak, but also to be heard.Here are thirty-nine poets offering up 160 poems. Included in the anthology are Naomi Shihab Nye, Samuel Hazo, D. H. Melhem, Lawrence Joseph, Khaled Mattawa, Mohja Khaf, Matthew Shenoda, Kazim Ali, Nuar Alsadir, Fady Joudah, and Lisa Suhair Majaj. Charara has written a lengthy introduction about the state of Arab American poetry in the country today and short biographies of the poets and provided an extensive list of further readings.

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About Author

Hayan Charara was a visiting professor of poetry writing at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. Before that he taught in New York City. He is the author of two collections of poetry, The Sadness of Others and The Alchemist's Diary. Born in Detroit, Michigan, to immigrant parents, he currently lives in Texas. He is also a woodworker.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/06/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781557288677
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9781557288677
  • weight: 535
  • ISBN10: 1557288674

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