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The Arab Apocalypse

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Poetry. Middle Eastern studies. Translated from the French by the author. Reprinted with a new foreward by Jalal Toufic. "This book, a masterwork of the dislocations and radiant outcries of the Arab world, reaffirms Etel Adnan, who authored the great poem, Jebu, as among the foremost poets of the French Language. THE ARAB APOCALYPSE is an immersion into a rapture of chaos ...more
Paperback, 79 pages
Published February 15th 2007 by Post Apollo Press (first published 2007)
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Carrie Lorig
Jan 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
my god we are the terrible sun. my god we are terrible and full of stunt and hurt and my god alarmed earth and alarmed water. please save me etel. please haunt me.
Emad Attili

My pain is mounting the sun like a racing horse.
The field is infinite!

I admit: I really hated the poem at first! But when I read the whole thing I knew what an idiot I was! This poem was a BIG MOMENT OF EPIPHANY for me.

A blue acetylene sun died of frost in the presence of a palm tree.
In death one plus one makes three!

This is a poem that shows you the brutality of fact, and the cruelty of reality. It WAKES YOU UP! It is just like Eliot's human voices which wake you up to face the fact that: "we
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
O caravans of hunger and curiosity O passion for Space!

They killed the dream with an axe! with an axe! with an axe!

The BIG RED SPOT of Jupiter is a storm. Matter is desperate.

A pink dove shattered a human face

lightning-rod going to the heart of a lemon

the sun has eaten its children I myself was a morning blessed with bliss

What to do with the sun when it hides behind tear gas?
Drink it. Drink it in little sips so that tenderness resembles hell.

I would love to place you in the heart of the night ma
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
perhaps i read this book too quickly...meaning i was trying to write a ridiculous report on it and its classroom value...yuck...wait...double yuck! and perhaps my tolerance for poetry is of late unfortunately as good as my attention span which can barely watch a full episode of Weeds. All that said, i liked this book but at times just grew tired of it's repetition..and not via my beloved anaphora...unless you consider it a metaphor for dancing...ha.
Kazim Ali
Feb 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Etel's operatic, destructive, intensive, tragic, epic of the destruction of the Arab world. If it was a song it would be thrash metal, if it was a Shakespeare play it would Hamlet. It's absolute currency is made more tragic by the fact it was written in 1980 (in French) and now reissued in Etel's self-translation to English.
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Etel Adnan was raised in Beirut, Lebanon. Because her mother was from Greece and her father was from Damascus, Adnan grew up speaking Greek and Turkish in addition to Arabic and French. Etel Adnan earned degrees at the Sorbonne in Paris and studied at Berkeley and Harvard. In 1972, she moved back to Beirut and worked as cultural editor for two daily newspapers—first for Al Safa, later for L’Orient ...more
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