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She Says

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Award-winning American poet Marilyn Hacker offers the brilliance of Lebanese poet Vénus Khoury-Ghata in an exquisite translation

She says
the earth is so vast one can't help but be lost like water from a broken jug
There is no fortress against the wind
the winter wanderer must count on the compassion of walls-from "She Says"

Translated by celebrated American poet Marilyn Hacker
Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 2003 by Graywolf Press
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Jun 26, 2011 metaphor rated it it was amazing
She says
migrating birds won’t replace the road
and it’s not breadcrumbs that will throw the swallows off track

Early this morning
she announced to the larch that her cherry tree had borne its first fruit
It repeated this to the other larches who spread the news through the
a forest strong in its privileges which never returns the winds it’s been
it turns them into howls beneath the trees’ bark
and into gallops among the branches
into echoes which lean on the mountain to throw themselves on her
Mar 10, 2016 Ann rated it really liked it
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After a long time away, I'm finally returning to poetry. I remembered loving Khoury-Ghata, so I jumped right in, which was both a good and bad idea. It was a bad idea because her poems aren't the easiest to parse for a beginner; they can feel a bit difficult to get. But it was a really good idea because it helped me to practice letting go of expectations and basking in language--and oh, what language here!

What I love most about Khoury-Ghata's work:
* Her recurring themes
* Her rich, jewel-like ima
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Dec 28, 2009 Audra (Unabridged Chick) rated it it was amazing
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This exceptional volume of poetry spans cultures, languages, political boundaries. The translator's notes are alone worth the price of the book, but the poems are absolute magic. I began underlining lines that caught me but I soon found myself essentially highlighting entire pages! The original French is offered side-by-side with the English translation.
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The French cuisine of poetry, this: high on technique, low on flavor.
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Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist, resident in France since 1973. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Dutch, German, Italian and Russian, and she was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000.
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