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Djelloul Marbrook started writing poems in Manhattan when he was fourteen. In his thirties he abandoned poetry after publishing a few poems in small journals, but he never stopped reading and studying poetry. Then at age sixty-seven, appalled by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the poet within awakened. Stuffing sky-blue notebooks in his pockets, Marbrook began walking around ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Kent State University Press
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Martina Newberry
Jul 15, 2012 Martina Newberry rated it it was amazing
If you like poetry, you will love this book! If you are not a poetry lover, you will be one when you finish "Far From Algiers." The poems are direct, personal, dramatic, conversational. This poet takes you into his study and makes you his friend. A fantastic book...
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Dec 15, 2015 Aiden O'Reilly rated it it was amazing
"" A boy who looks embarrassed to be young

skulks beneath the scaffolds avoiding light:

I hope I will not have to be his like again:""

I keep going back to these poems. They have the intensity of the teenager’s self-absorption - not in any negative sense – maturity and knowing your place are vastly over-rated. The keen concern with the watching self in these poems rests on top of a whole career by the author – two careers in fact. The poet served in the navy and was a journalist in Baltimore for
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I have always loved poetry, but it is such a different experience to read an entire collection by one person rather than reading different poems from all different people. It 19s like seeing into the person 19s mind, seeing how they think, understanding their tone, exposing part of their history, finding their view on life, beginning to see where they came from and how their experiences have shaped them, beginning to find recurring themes in their work. I have not experienced many of the things ...more
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Djelloul Marbrook is the 2007 winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His winning book of poems,
Far From Algiers, was published in September 2008 by Kent State University Press. His short story, Artists Hill , won Literal Latte's first prize in fiction. He is a retired newspaper editor and lives in Germantown, NY., with his wife, Marilyn. Far From Algiers was inspired by the events of Sept
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