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SAID’s 99 Psalms are poems of praise and lament, of questioning and wondering. In the tradition of the Hebrew psalmist, they find their voice in exile, in this case one that is both existential and geographical.His decision to include 99 in this collection recalls the ancient Muslim tradition that ascribes 99 names to Allah, though the “lord” whom this psalmist addresses i ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 28th 2013 by Paraclete Press (first published 2007)
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Robert D. Cornwall
Oct 02, 2013 Robert D. Cornwall rated it really liked it
99 Psalms written by SAID, an Iranian born and raised poet who has spent most of his life living in exile in Germany. Like the Biblical Psalms these are poem/prayers/hymns that are deeply personal and yet can be expressive of the reader's own sense of the divine.

The number 99 is rooted in the Islamic understanding that God has ninety-nine names, the last being hidden and thus unknown. The poems, originally written in German and now rendered in English by Mark Burroughs,address god (all words in
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Apr 22, 2016 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
A collection of 99 prayer-poems by Iranian German Poet with an introduction and critical essay (as an afterword) from translator Mark Burrows. Like the biblical psalms, there is a range of emotion and very honest and raw language, rife with religious allusions.
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Powerful poetic expressions that pray from the depth of human experience
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