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"[The Perception of Meaning] is adeptly translated from Arabic into English—a set of fascinating experimental works that Naomi Shihab Nye says 'are not lullabies.' Indeed not, since lullabies are for rocking infants to sleep, while these sardonic fictions are about waking up adults... For The Common at Amherst College, he writes: 'Engagement with the coincidence of existence at this particular collision point in Arabic life, a point burdened with all the unaccomplished hopes and dreams of ...more