Rain and Embers
A raw and unfiltered debut, Rain and Embers explores far-reaching themes of migration, trauma, abuse, racism, religion, philosophy, intimacy, love, loss, forgiveness, and redemption.
Ali Nuri was born to a Shi’a family in the southern marshlands of Iraq at the height of the Iran-Iraq War. As a persecuted religious sect, they were attacked by the tyrannical government under...more
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Giveaway dates: Dec 08 - Dec 20, 2019
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How does an Arab immigrant to the US, living in Las Vegas...possibly the most American place on Earth's surface, parched and dry and hot and gaudy...process his fragmented identity? Who is he, why is he that person, and most of all...why should you care?
Because identity as an American is front and center in the life of the country in the 21st century. Because the answers to those questions matter more than ever. Historically immigration has stirred violent passions in ...more
Ali sets the emotional and creative tone from the very beginning.
How it rains fire from "cloud-shaped planes" to the dedication about Jeffar,
communicating in a way that transcends verbal speech despite mutism.
Duality seems to be rooted in almost every aspect of this book.
autism does not define you
nor do mute reflections
render you speechless
you spoke in smiles,
the only words
Rain and Embers is the ...more
Do I leave the stars starless?
I am at war with myself yet there's nothing civil about it. One day I'll feel like God, made wholly in his image, and some days I protest against the divine, my mouth opening to consume countless sins, devouring every root because there's a noose around my neck and I need to be in motion.
Death is just stagnation, so then the wind must be immortal. Salivating for salvation, I inhale the air 'til I have my fill of my meaningless ...more
"fuck poetry I write reality, a language created through an alphabet of hurt, suffering in stark black lines— a calligraphy of emotions, every letter an ocean"
Thank you to the publisher for this ARC.
Heavy at times, this is poetry for the brain, rather than the heart. Though my heart was touched many times while I read this. He talks about being branded, escaping his country and being the wrong color. But there is love in this poetry as well. It balances.
I loved every poem, some brought tears, some brought smiles,
some brought anger, others blew me away because
they were so intense.
Each poem held me in its grasp from beginning to end!
The poet has much to be proud of, he has give this book of poem
a life of it own. Congratulations to this poet/ writer!!! Well done, my hats off to you!!!
Super poems, amazing ink!!!!!!!
I was drawn deep into the emotions of this author right from the beginning including his heartfelt and poetic dedication. His words drawn so beautiful on each page. I didn't put it down. It consumed me and I keep it close to feel his words again and again. I highly recommend this book of poetic expression. It speaks about love, hurt, diversity, feelings of not belonging , and survival. Beauty and goodness can simply grow in a child's heart....even in a desert.
"We are nomads, home remains elsewhere / as foreign as the lands we left and the ones we now dwell on"
Within this context, the poet asks to be seen in my favorite poem as simply "something more than less."