The Good Arabs


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Metonymy Press
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7.95 X 9.92 X 0.71 inches | 1.94 pounds

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About the Author

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch is a queer Arab poet living in Tio'tia: ke, unceded Kanien'kehá ka territory. Their work has appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry 2018 anthology, GUTS, Carte Blanche, the Shade Journal, The New Quarterly, Arc Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere. They were longlisted for the CBC poetry prize in 2019. You can find them on Instagram and Twitter @theonlyelitareq. Their book knot body was published by Metatron Press in September 2020. The Good Arabs is their second poetry collection.


These poems are about the poet's multiplicity of identity, trans and Arab, from Beirut to Montreal. - The Globe and Mail, The Globe 100: The books we loved in 2021

Everything about The Good Arabs is open-ended, curious, trying. El Bechelany-Lynch constructs a freeing poetic atmosphere, in which central concerns regarding spaces, family, tragedy, inheritance, and gender are swelling in the heat of each room. - Montreal Review of Books

The Good Arabs is a collection of both verse and prose poems that explores place and belonging. The poems take readers from post-explosion Beirut to Montreal in the summer and reflect on communities, identity and families both biological and chosen. - CBC Books, 45 Canadian poetry collections to watch for in fall 2021

Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch's exceptional The Good Arabs is an invitation to consider the 'cost' of living one's truth and what it might mean to remember what has always been known. Their work holds an intimacy as if we are overhearing a phone conversation or the author speaking on a balcony above us. 'Noises impossible in English' come through here, wrought in a mind attuned to tenderness and present conflicts. This is a bold and deeply necessary work. I am better for having read it. - Liz Howard, author of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent

Eli Tareq El-Bechelany Lynch's The Good Arabs is a map of what it means to be queer, to be trans, to be Arab: from the hope of revolution to the Lebanese garbage crisis, of whiteness and its weight, of public space and private space and of eating pumpkin seeds on a summer balcony when the power is out. Even at its heaviest, this is a collection that insists on joy and on embodiment, reminding us that resistance can look like shaking one's hips to Nancy Ajram, too. - Zeyn Joukhadar, author of The Thirty Names of Night