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Exiles of Eden

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Exiles of Eden looks at the origin story of Adam, Eve, and their exile from the Garden of Eden, exploring displacement and alienation from its mythological origins to the present. Steeped in Somali narrative tradition yet formally experimental, Osman's poems give voice to the experiences and traumas of displaced people over multiple generations. The characters in these poe ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 7th 2019 by Coffee House Press
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May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, this didn't quite work out as planned. I thought I would absolutely adore Exiles of Eden but overall felt rather lukewarm about it. In 2019, I wanted to check out more poetry written by African authors. When researching what might interest me, I stumbled upon the work of Ladan Osman. In 2014, she was awarded the annual Sillerman First Book Prize for her collection The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony. Her newest collection was just released this may and has gotten raving reviews from Danez Smit ...more
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May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"All Bite the Bitten Dog"
by Ladan Osman

I held a mirror under my nose,
walked on the ceiling, hopped onto light covers,
stepped over doorframes, all rooms made new.
I'd wait when my breath fogged glass,
careful not to tilt the handle, glimpse my face.
I'd check my hair in glances, in the metal strip
at the side of the fridge.

I used my fingers to see the welts
from young, tender sticks, small rocks,
"Bleed!" a boy yelled but didn't wait
for the slow zipper of my flesh
to travel down my T-shirt.
"Look at all
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Ladan Osman (Somali: Laadan Cismaan, Arabic: لادان عثمان) is a Somali-American poet and teacher. She was born in Mogadishu. Her poetry is centered on her Somali and Muslim heritage, and has been published in a number of prominent literary magazines. In 2014, she was awarded the annual Sillerman First Book Prize for her collection The Kitchen Dweller's Testimony.

Osman earned a BA from Otterbein Uni
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