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The new collection by the Lebanese poet Vénus Khoury-Ghata, the author of She Says, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

it could only have been elsewhere
the sun's anger overturned the country
men who came from the wounded side of the river knocked
on our borders
I say men so as not to say locusts

—from "Nettles"

In Nettles, Vénus Khoury-Ghata brings her impulses for lyric poetry and for stark narrative together into four enchanting sequences. Each confronts the realities of womanhood, immigration, and cultural conflict with an imagination and history born from both the Arabic and French languages. Masterfully translated by Marilyn Hacker, Nettles gives American readers this utterly original, indispensable poetry.

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"Mournful, erotic, bewildering, often shocking, and always passionate over losses public and private, the Lebanese Francophone poet Khoury-Ghata's five new verse sequences-brought into convincing English by the Paris-based Hacker-should win her some American recognition. A prolific novelist as well as a poet, Khoury-Ghata here uses her talent for narrative together with her post-Surrealist sense of description and line. The first two sequences react at once to the deaths of the poet's husband, brother and mother, and to the wider dilemma of diaspora and refugees in and out of the Arab world. Khoury-Ghata (herself long resident in France) depicts a symbolic family as if in a vivid dream: 'The mother arranges the marbles by size and sadness/ the child will play with them when he's less dead.' The longest sequence follows the life of a village, and of a woman who leaves it, portraying scenes at once recognizably Near Eastern and hauntingly placed outside time. Shorter, but no less fiery, closing sequences pursue metaphors from nautical life and address recent Lebanese refugees. Khoury-Ghata's recent works are a cluster of cyclones in a world of light breezes and some readers may argue over how they fit together ." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The new collection by the Lebanese poet Vénus Khoury-Ghata, the author of She Says, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
it could only have been elsewhere

the sun's anger overturned the country

men who came from the wounded side of the river knocked

on our borders

I say men so as not to say locusts

                                          --from "Nettles"

In Nettles, Vénus Khoury-Ghata brings her impulses for lyric poetry and for stark narrative together into four enchanting sequences. Each confronts the realities of womanhood, immigration, and cultural conflict with an imagination and history born from both the Arabic and French languages. Masterfully translated by

Marilyn Hacker, Nettles gives American readers this utterly original, indispensable poetry.

About the Author

Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist, the author of the poetry collection She Says and the novel A House at the Edge of Tears (both translated by Marilyn Hacker). She has been a resident of France since 1973.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781555974879
Author:
Khoury-Ghata, Venus
Publisher:
Graywolf Press
Translator:
Hacker, Marilyn
Author:
Khoury-Ghata, Vnus
Author:
Hacker, Marilyn
Subject:
POE013000
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
120
Dimensions:
8.56 x 6.48 x 0.675 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mournful, erotic, bewildering, often shocking, and always passionate over losses public and private, the Lebanese Francophone poet Khoury-Ghata's five new verse sequences-brought into convincing English by the Paris-based Hacker-should win her some American recognition. A prolific novelist as well as a poet, Khoury-Ghata here uses her talent for narrative together with her post-Surrealist sense of description and line. The first two sequences react at once to the deaths of the poet's husband, brother and mother, and to the wider dilemma of diaspora and refugees in and out of the Arab world. Khoury-Ghata (herself long resident in France) depicts a symbolic family as if in a vivid dream: 'The mother arranges the marbles by size and sadness/ the child will play with them when he's less dead.' The longest sequence follows the life of a village, and of a woman who leaves it, portraying scenes at once recognizably Near Eastern and hauntingly placed outside time. Shorter, but no less fiery, closing sequences pursue metaphors from nautical life and address recent Lebanese refugees. Khoury-Ghata's recent works are a cluster of cyclones in a world of light breezes and some readers may argue over how they fit together ." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
The new collection by the Lebanese poet Vénus Khoury-Ghata, the author of She Says, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award
 
it could only have been elsewhere

the sun's anger overturned the country

men who came from the wounded side of the river knocked

on our borders

I say men so as not to say locusts

                                          --from "Nettles"

In Nettles, Vénus Khoury-Ghata brings her impulses for lyric poetry and for stark narrative together into four enchanting sequences. Each confronts the realities of womanhood, immigration, and cultural conflict with an imagination and history born from both the Arabic and French languages. Masterfully translated by

Marilyn Hacker, Nettles gives American readers this utterly original, indispensable poetry.

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