In Her Feminine Sign

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Product Details

Price
$14.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.0 X 0.3 X 7.8 inches | 0.1 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811228763
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About the Author

Dunya Mikhail was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States thirty years later in 1995. After graduating from the University of Baghdad, she worked as a journalist and translator for the Baghdad Observer. Facing censorship and interrogation, she left Iraq, first to Jordan and then to America, settling in Detroit. New Directions published her books The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea, and The War Works Hard--chosen as one the New York Public Library's Books to Remember in 2005--as well as her edited volume, 15 Iraqi Poets. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Knights Foundation grant, a Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, and works as a special lecturer of Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.

Reviews

Mikhail's style maintains an impressive fragility and delicacy of image that touches the reader's heart...
Dunya Mikhail is a woman who speaks like the disillusioned goddesses of Babylon.--Etel Adnan
Here is the new Iraqi poetry.--Pierre Joris
Dunya Mikhail, an Iraqi exile and one of the foremost poets of our time, captures the idiosyncratic grace of the world around her, showing herself an acute observer of its oddities and beauty.--Elizabeth Toohey
"Rare and powerful: Mikhail has created a searing portrait of courage, humanity and savagery, told in a mosaic of voices. Her gifts as a poet infuse these narratives with unexpected beauty."--Deborah Campbell
Mikhail sings of the longing and undoing of exile, mourns the loss of her language, describes its gendering and the re-engineering on her tongue, a poet's most important muscle. Delicate, beautiful, day-stopping.
With plain-spoken clarity, these poems navigate the meaning of home. 'How many departures can you put up with?' one asks.-- (08/20/2019)
In Her Feminine Sign is a collection of limpid meditations which demand that we pause as we read. Their stillness and clarity is no miniaturised charm. Instead it's an utterly articulate clear-sightedness that lets each one deliver a shock. The tragedies of recent and not so recent Iraqi history and the traditions of Arabic verse are the steely structures that underpin her profoundly thought-through work of witness.-- (09/14/2019)
Throughout this newest collection, Dunya Mikhail writes poems of cities, friends, grandmothers, goddesses, of girls who might 'outgrow / their dresses / while on the road' to captivity. The poems offer a chronicle of internal life in the landscapes of exile and remembered homeland, always foregrounding the experiences of women. Fossils are reanimated and birds flit between the pages, answering the silences and laments of the various speakers. Beyond the reductive trope of 'witness' often inaccurately assigned to writers whose lives unfold in times of war, Mikhail's poems embody the world that necessitates her work, seamlessly navigating eras and continents. These are not poems about war or exile or trauma. They are poems that emanate from the women who live them, those who survive and those who are remembered.--Lena Khalaf Tuffaha
In Her Feminine Sign is a collection of limpid meditations which demand that we pause as we read. Their stillness and clarity is no miniaturised charm. Instead it's an utterly articulate clear-sightedness that lets each one deliver a shock. The tragedies of recent and not so recent Iraqi history and the traditions of Arabic verse are the steely structures that underpin her profoundly thought-through work of witness.-- (09/14/2019)
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