So What New and Selected Poems, 1971-2005

ISBN-10: 1556592450
ISBN-13: 9781556592454
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792

"Taha Muhammad Ali speaks with an emotional forthrightness. . . . He has developed a style that seems both ancient and new, deceptively simple and movingly direct."- The Washington Post Taha Muhammad Ali is a revered Palestinian poet whose work is driven by vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty. As a boy he was exiled from his hometown, but rather than turning to a protest poetry of black-and-white slogans to convey this loss, he has created art of the highest order. His poems portray experiences that range from catastrophe to splendor, each preserving an essential human dignity. Neither music fame nor wealth, not even poetry itself, could provide consolation for life's brevity, or the fact that King Lear is a mere eighty pages long, and comes to an end, and for the thought that one might suffer greatly on account of a rebellious child. So What will include Arabic en face and introductions by co-translators Gabriel Levin and Peter Cole. Muhammad Ali will be one of the international poets featured at the 2006 Dodge Poetry Festival, and he will embark on a reading tour of the United States in the fall of 2006.

On Taha Muhammad Ali
A Note on the Translation
Abd el-Hadi Fights a Superpower
Warning
Postoperative Complications Following the Extraction of Memory
Thrombosis in the Veins of Petroleum
The Fourth Qasida
Exodus
Crack in the Skull
Ambergris
The Evening Wine of Aged Sorrow
Fooling the Killers
There Was No Farewell
Three Qasidas
Never Mind
Maybe
The Falcon
Sabha's Rope
The Bell at Forty: The Destruction of a Village
Empty Words
Twigs
The Height of Love
Meeting at an Airport
Abd el-Hadi the Fool
This Is the Steel Mihrab About to Fall and That's My Mother, Before She Ceased to Mourn
Balance
Fellah
Sahbr and Zeynab Ascend
Michelle
No, Papa, Please!
Where
The Place Itself, or I Hope You Can't Digest It
Between Sleep and Waking
Nothing More
The Kid Goats of Jamil
Tea and Sleep
So What (a story)
Notes
About the Author and Translators

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