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The threshold : poems

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    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2022


  • Author: Mersal, Iman

    Iman Mersal is Egypt’s - indeed, the Arab world’s - great outsider poet. Over the past three decades, she has crafted a voice that is ferocious and tender, street-smart and vulnerable. Her early work captures the energies of Cairo’s legendary literary bohème, a home for “Lovers of cheap weed and awkward confessions / Anti-State agitators” and “People like me.” These are poems of wit and rage, freaked by moments of sudden beauty, like “the smell of guava” mysteriously wafting through the City of the Dead. Other poems bear witness to agonizing loss and erotic temptation, “the breath of two bodies that never had enough time / and so took pleasure in their mounting terror.” Mersal’s most recent work illuminates the trials of displacement and migration, as well as the risks of crossing boundaries, personal and political, in literature and in life.

    Subject(s): Egyptian poetry
    Original Publisher: [S.l], Farrar, Straus and Giroux
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9780374604288
    Collection(s)/Series: Griffin Poetry Prize 2023