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In his poems of memory and displacement, Iranian poet Mohsen Emadi charts his experience of exile with vivid, often haunting, imagery and a child's love of language. Lyn Coffin's translations from the Persian allow Emadi's poems to inhabit the English language as their own, as the poet recasts his earliest memories and deepest loves over the forges of being "someone who go ...more
Paperback, 93 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by Phoneme Media
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Melissa
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A beautifully written and translated collection of poems centered on loss and displacement. While you could read "the lover" invoked throughout as an actual person - and may, in some instances, be referencing someone specific - I feel like the poet means to reference country and culture. The speaker has been forcibly removed from his culture and so mourns it like a lost lover.

Read for the 2017 Read Harder challenge.
Robyn
Too abstract for this reader.

Favorite Lines:
When nobody is suppose to come
you prepare your house for your fantasies.

In each farewell
a new fantasy comes to your house.
You prepare the house for it, p.13.
I struggled so much with this collection of poems. I heard about Standing on Earth from a Book Riot blog post, and decided this would be perfect for their Read Harder 2017 challenge i.e “Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.” I was so exc
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World Literature Today
"But the poet hardly limits his concerns to the political or physical conditions of exile. Emadi explores the liminal spaces between language and experience, science and aesthetics, the material and the metaphysical, all bifurcations that the poems imagine even while, or perhaps for the purpose of, tearing them down." - Samad Alavi

This book was reviewed in the May 2017 issue of World Literature Today magazine. Read the full review by visiting our website: https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/...
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