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Alight By Fady Joudah,

  • Title: Alight
  • Author: Fady Joudah
  • ISBN: 9781556594229
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • With anatomical precision, Joudah illustrates scenes that are at once uncanny and contemporary, be it a Bedouin woman s lavender mourning veil, the chrome doors to an alchemist s home, or the mysterious speaker in Smoke, who exits abruptly and claims to have scripts to write and scrolls to find, a testament to the duties of attending physician and displaced poet alike With anatomical precision, Joudah illustrates scenes that are at once uncanny and contemporary, be it a Bedouin woman s lavender mourning veil, the chrome doors to an alchemist s home, or the mysterious speaker in Smoke, who exits abruptly and claims to have scripts to write and scrolls to find, a testament to the duties of attending physician and displaced poet alike In both roles, Joudah has records to keep and history to revisit, and does so beautifully Booklist Joudah s poetry is rich with the influences and styles of both American and Arabic poetry It can be personal and image driven, by turns, as well as discursive and social Its lyric gifts are as powerful as its narrative impulse Kenyon Review Throughout Alight s carefully structured arc of movement and within its individual poems, the quotidian resides within the mythic Joudah s is an art written out of experience, rather than about itPoetry like Joudah s strikes a match into our dark places Poet LoreThe poems in Alight alternate between the estranging familial and strangely familiar, between burning and illumination As father, husband, and physician, Fady Joudah gives children and vulnerable others voice in this hauntingly lyrical collection, where, with quiet ferociousness, one s self can be reclaimed from suffering s grip over mind and spirit.Fady Joudah is a Palestinian American poet, translator, and physician of internal medicine He received his medical training from the Medical College of Georgia and University of Texas, and served with Doctors Without Borders in 2002 and 2005 His first book, The Earth in the Attic, won the 2007 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition, judged by Louise Gl ck In 2010 he received a PEN translation award for his translations of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
    Alight With anatomical precision Joudah illustrates scenes that are at once uncanny and contemporary be it a Bedouin woman s lavender mourning veil the chrome doors to an alchemist s home or the mysterio

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    1. A book that gestures without grabbing this to its credit Joudah is a master of denying reduction, and this is both an interesting and pleasurable collection to read.

    2. This book represents everything I love about Copper Canyon Press, and how perfectly they curate books that resonate with each other Here Joudah s voice shows maturity, surprise, and play The epitome of this for me is the poem Abundance Some of my favorite moments This world this hospice.During the hemorrhage yearsI want only to return to my language in the distances of cooing.Our age is a checkpoint.Gold didn t concern me or turning olives into gold As if I were an alchemist outside chrome Doors [...]

    3. My favorite of the two traditional Fady Joudah poetry collections I ve read I think I like the idea behind Textu a bit than the long form poems, but this collection is also very strong.

    4. maybe i m just in a long poem mood i often felt like these poems ended just as they were picking up steam.

    5. after reading Joudah s first collection The Earth in the Attic, which I liked very much, I was somewhat disappointed with Alight.

    6. Oof What a book to read the morning after we bombed Syria Heavy, dark pieces interlaced with dreamy landscapes and some surprising humor.

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