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Inclined to speak : an anthology of contemporary Arab American poetry / edited by Hayan Charara.

Contributor(s): Charara, Hayan, 1972-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Fayetteville : University of Arkansas Press, 2008Description: xxxiii, 333 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781557288677 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1557288674 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781557288660 (cloth : alk. paper); 1557288666 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): American poetry -- Arab American authors | American poetry -- 21st centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Inclined to speak.DDC classification: 811/.540808927073 | 808.81/089927073 Other classification: HU 2100
Contents:
Elmaz Abinader -- Etel Adnan -- Saladin Ahmed -- Kazim Ali -- Assef Al-Jundi -- Alise Alousi -- Nuar Alsadir -- Sinan Antoon -- Walid Bitar -- Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán -- Hayan Charara -- Sharif S. Elmusa -- Hedy Habra -- Marian Haddad -- Suheir Hammad -- Sam Hamod -- Lara Hamza -- Nathalie Handal -- Samuel Hazo -- Lawrence Joseph -- Fady Joudah -- Mohja Kahf -- Pauline Kaldas -- Lisa Suhair Majaj -- Jack Marshall -- Khaled Mattawa -- D.H. Melhem -- Philip Metres -- Haas H. Mroue -- Adele Ne Jame -- Naomi Shihab Nye -- Gregory Orfalea -- Kevin Gerard Rashid -- Sekeena Shaben -- Deema K. Shehabi -- Matthew Shenoda -- Zaid Shlah -- David Williams -- Eliot Khalil Wilson.
Summary: Presents a collection of poems by such Arab American authors as Samuel Hazo, Lawrence Joseph, Khaled Mattawa, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 317-323) and index.

Elmaz Abinader -- Etel Adnan -- Saladin Ahmed -- Kazim Ali -- Assef Al-Jundi -- Alise Alousi -- Nuar Alsadir -- Sinan Antoon -- Walid Bitar -- Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán -- Hayan Charara -- Sharif S. Elmusa -- Hedy Habra -- Marian Haddad -- Suheir Hammad -- Sam Hamod -- Lara Hamza -- Nathalie Handal -- Samuel Hazo -- Lawrence Joseph -- Fady Joudah -- Mohja Kahf -- Pauline Kaldas -- Lisa Suhair Majaj -- Jack Marshall -- Khaled Mattawa -- D.H. Melhem -- Philip Metres -- Haas H. Mroue -- Adele Ne Jame -- Naomi Shihab Nye -- Gregory Orfalea -- Kevin Gerard Rashid -- Sekeena Shaben -- Deema K. Shehabi -- Matthew Shenoda -- Zaid Shlah -- David Williams -- Eliot Khalil Wilson.

Presents a collection of poems by such Arab American authors as Samuel Hazo, Lawrence Joseph, Khaled Mattawa, and Naomi Shihab Nye.

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

In this important anthology, editor Charara, the author of two books of poetry (e.g., The Alchemist's Diary), draws a diverse map of Arab American poets. This carnival of voices ranges from expressions of political and social grievance, as in Charara's own "Usage"--"I was born here/ I didn't have to adopt America/ but I adapted to it"--to highly experimental efforts in language and imagery, as in Kazim Ali's "Gallery"--"Music is a scar unraveling itself in strings/ an army of hungry notes shiver down the four strings' furrow." Here we have two views of poetry, the former seeing its language as informational and a means to something outside the poem and the latter seeing it as suggestive and a means to itself. Yet the dilemma of "I" and "the other," "here" and "there" is examined in most of the poems. It is worth noting that all the poems in the collection are written in English, which makes the term Arab American a categorical indicator rather than a literary one. Readers of this collection will experience the joy of discovery and awareness; recommended for all public and academic libraries.--Sadiq Alkoriji, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

This anthology comprises poems written in English by 39 American poets of Arab descent. That each poet has, as Charara writes, a "substantial publication record," is undeniable, but most of them know little Arabic and therefore cannot draw on the rich heritage of classical and modern Arabic poetry. In formal terms, the poetry included here represents mainstream US verse with a sprinkling of prose poems; the poets pay little attention to traditional meters and rhyme schemes, and the poems range in quality from the subtle and introspective to the self-indulgent. The poets' concerns also range widely, but prominent are nostalgia for childhood in a more Arabized environment, anger at Middle Eastern political problems, and their own perceived invisibility in the US. In a lengthy introduction, Charara wrestles with the meaning of "Arab American" identity, whether cultural or national, and finally admits defeat (those looking for a partial answer to the question of identity should seek out Steven Salaita's Arab American Literary Fictions, Cultures, and Politics, CH, Oct'07, 45-0738). This volume complements Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Fiction (CH, Mar'05, 42-3893), edited by Pauline Kaldas and Khaled Mattawa (who contribute poems to the present title). Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates. W. L. Hanaway emeritus, University of Pennsylvania

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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.

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