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"Nomi Stone has created a poetic space and time in which each appears to be a stranger to each other, and a stranger to him or herself. Deeply realized, Stranger'sNotebook is a remarkable achievement, ultimately and powerfully grounded in the deepest and strangest human mystery of love." Lawrence Joseph, author of Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993.

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"Nomi Stone brings to life the searing heat, the balance of superstition and tradition, and the flow of history that has built up to become the tremendous monument that is daily life. Stone speaks from a point both inside and out, letting us see the frame and stand inside it at the same time. It's an electric place to be." Cole Swensen, Iowa Writing Program

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Stone's moving debut collection of verse is inspired by her encounter with perhaps the last cohesive, traditional Jewish community in the Middle East and North Africa. According to their story of origin, a handful of exiles arrived on the island of Djerba, Tunisia, in 586 B.C., carrying a single stone from the destroyed Temple in Jerusalem. Drawing from this cosmology, the poems follow a stranger who arrives into an ancient community that is both at home and deeply estranged on the island. Its people occupy the uneasy space of all insular communities, deciding when to let the world in and when to shut it out. The poems are about the daily lives and deeper cosmos of the Jews of Djerba as well as the Muslims next door.

In her exploration, Stone sees vivid recurring images of keys, stones, homes, the laughter of girls, the eyes of men, the color blue, and the force of blood or bombs. With this journey of faith, doubt, longing, and home, Stone has brought readers a rare look into a story that resonates powerfully with questions of cultural preservation and coexistence.

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teva724, December 3, 2008 (view all comments by teva724)
What an engaging new book, which allows you to see this unique world from a

girl's eye who comes as a stranger into an ancient Jewish community of Djerba island surrounded by the Islamic world. She is met with suspicion as she attempts to connect to this world of where Jews and Muslims have lived side by side for centuries. I found the poem, " Many Scientists Convert to Islam" to get to the core of belief and questioning. Poems such as " The End of Time," La Ghriba (the Stranger) Tells How and Why" , "Outside of Time" all reached deep into the mysteries of spirituality, mythology and profound questioning of existence. Even Kierkegaard's balancing of fear and trembling found a voice. I found Nomi Stone's Stranger's Notebook to be a brave new journey into human culture and the human soul. I felt like I was discovering a young Denise Levertov, Mary Oliver or Galway Kinnell.

Bravo !!!!!




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Stranger's Notebook takes you on a amazing voyage through North Africa and the Jewish community remaining there. I loved it and highly recommend it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810125100
Author:
Stone, Nomi
Publisher:
Triquarterly Books
Subject:
General Poetry
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Tunisia
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Jews -- Tunisia -- Jarbah Island.
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20081131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.3 in

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"Review" by , "Nomi Stone has created a poetic space and time in which each appears to be a stranger to each other, and a stranger to him or herself. Deeply realized, Stranger'sNotebook is a remarkable achievement, ultimately and powerfully grounded in the deepest and strangest human mystery of love." Lawrence Joseph, author of Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973-1993.
"Review" by , "Nomi Stone brings to life the searing heat, the balance of superstition and tradition, and the flow of history that has built up to become the tremendous monument that is daily life. Stone speaks from a point both inside and out, letting us see the frame and stand inside it at the same time. It's an electric place to be." Cole Swensen, Iowa Writing Program
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