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Uyghurland: The Furthest Exile

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Uyghurland collects over two decades of Ahmatjan Osman’s poetry in Jeffrey Yang’s collaborative translations from the Uyghur and Arabic. Osman, the foremost Uyghur poet of his generation, channels his ancestors alongside Mallarmé and Rimbaud, observing the world from exile. Born in 1964, Osman grew up in Urumchi, the capital and the largest city of East Turkistan. In 1982 ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published March 31st 2015 by Phoneme Media (first published March 10th 2015)
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Caroline
Jan 15, 2016 Caroline rated it it was amazing
Two segments of the poem "Dwelling in the Warmth of Other Moons"

Moonlit Dream

Morning
approached my bed
I saw the moonlit dream on my pillow
The windows were singing
and the winds played the strings
of the tree trunks.

Memories

The moon said,
“Do you remember
when freedom fell asleep drunk in an alley
and was then abducted by the stars?
Snce that day
you, Sun, have appeared in public!”

The Sun replied,
“Do you remember
when you crashed into my room
drunk?
Since that day
my tribe has banished you, moon,
beyond the
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Paul
Nov 29, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing
The tones of desperation, nostalgia, and anxiety bleed from these pages. However, the tones are more like oil to the water– the oil as poetry and the water the milieu of the author. It is fascinating, his exile to Canada acts as crucible to forge a poetic language that characterizes well the Uyghur language, and the place, or places, which it represents.

The author does not have a refuge story for the front page of the Times, nor does he have a photograph worthy to be used by the Associated Pres
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Jul 11, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
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Beautiful and haunting and strange in the very best way
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You should listen to the poet reading the lines and you will fall in love with the collection.
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