Synopses & Reviews
Fady Joudahand#8217;s The Earth in the Attic is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. In his poems Joudah explores big themesand#8212;identity, war, religion, what we hold in commonand#8212;while never losing sight of the quotidian, the specific. Contest judge Louise Gland#252;ck describes the poet in her Foreword as and#8220;that strange animal, the lyric poet in whom circumstance and profession . . . have compelled obsession with large social contexts and grave national dilemmas.and#8221; She finds in his poetry an incantatory quality and concludes, and#8220;These are small poems, many of them, but the grandeur of conception is inescapable. The Earth in the Attic is varied, coherent, fierce, tender; impossible to put down, impossible to forget.and#8221;
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and#160;In the calmAfter the rain has bombed
and#160;The earth, the antsMarch out of their sheltersand#160;One long frantic migration line:
and#160;They hit the concrete floorOf our dining and livingand#160;Space then turn into the shadowThe wall makes: a straight angleand#160;Is the surest compassTo the courtyard wreckage of dirt and gravel.
and#160;Did they know the windWould airdropand#160;New rations their way?Because always two or three
and#160;Lock their hornsTo the acid end
and#160;Over nothingIt seems more
and#160;Than an impulse, the debrisPlenty for all.