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Names of the Lion
by David Larsen
Poet David Larsen's eagerly anticipated translation of al-Husayn ibn Ahmad ibn Khalawayh's Names of the Lion, rendered "in the procedural spirit of recent avant-garde tradition."
Published March 2009 by [Atticus/Finch]
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Names of the Lion translates and annotates ibn Khalawayh’s ancient Arabic text of the same name, which compiled and organized all the known epithets for “lion” of its day. A lot of the lexicon is fun on its own—“Whose Complaint Sets Others Moving,” “Whose Coat is the Color of Papyrus,” “He Who Looks for Trouble in the Night”—but the dazzle’s in the apparatus, LRSN’s intro and footnotes and implicit pressure on the question of categorization, both now and then, when names were still forms power a ...more