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The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology

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Arab women poets work within one of the oldest literary traditions in the world, yet they are virtually unknown in the West. Uniting Arab women poets from the all over the Arab World anti abroad, Nathalie Handal has put together an outstanding collection that introduces poets who write in Arabic, French, English, and Swedish, among them some of the twentieth century's most ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 31st 2000 by Interlink Publishing Group (first published October 2000)
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Jun 18, 2007 Camille rated it liked it
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Generally I think I expected more from this anthology. While its breadth of writers is huge, and definitely interesting, the quality and variety of poetry varies a lot. That said, there are some amazing writers int his collection, and given how understudied women poets are, particularly Arab women poets, this anthology breaks new ground in providing a lens into current writers for the English reading crowd.
May 13, 2015 Sincerae rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arab-poetry
A very good collection of poetry by Arab women writers from across North Africa, the Middle East, and the diaspora. The poetry spans most of the 20th century. To get an idea of the origins and influences of modern Arab women poetry I recommend that both the preface and especially the introduction are read.
Josephina Kilzi
Nov 10, 2013 Josephina Kilzi rated it really liked it
As much as I wished it was written in its original language, Arabic, I enjoyed reading this book quite a lot. The collection of poetry is beautifully added, and the effort of translation is remarkable. Give it a read, Western world!
Sep 15, 2014 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Fabulous anthology, I earmarked so many poems in here.
Feb 02, 2015 lkh0ja rated it really liked it
A lovely anthology full of poets I'd never encountered before. I really enjoyed reading it and seeing how rich Arab poetry is.
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Mar 18, 2016 Sarah added it
I don't think this is an anthology of the best and brightest pieces to choose from - some are lyrically dull and others are too politically charged. I guess that's what was en vogue to western ears at the time of publication.
Zohra Star
One of the best anthologies of Arab women poets.
Doann Houghton-Alico
Aug 30, 2014 Doann Houghton-Alico rated it really liked it
Terrific! Moving, poignant, revealing.
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Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France and the Arab world. Described as “a Renaissance figure,” Pulitzer Prize winner Yusef Kumunyakaa writes, “This cosmopolitan voice belongs to the human family, and it luxuriates in crossing necessary borders.” Her most recent books include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía, which Alice Walker lauds as “poems of depth and weight and the sor ...more
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