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31 out of 100 for 2010.

This is the first book of poems I've reviewed for Good Reads. Marin Haddad evokes a childhood that crossed many borders; she is the child of Syrian immigrants (who spoke only Arabic at home) who immigrated first to Mexico and, later, to the States. Her language evokes the many similarities between Arabic and Spanish (the word for water, for instance, is identical in both languages). She is Christian in a culture most often associated with Islam.

The result is a gorgeous gum
Barbara Peña
Marian Haddad’s poems from Somewhere Between Mexico And a River Called Home, explore the complexity of familial relationships as they are tested by time, geography, and death. In this collection of poems, Haddad honors the vulnerabilities and strengths of what it means to be a parent, a sibling, or a child, but she does so with an uncompromising compassion for those about whom she is writing. This is a collection of poems as expansive and borderless as the title suggests.
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