Un-American

Hafizah Geter (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
Wesleyan University Press
Publish Date
September 08, 2020
Pages
104
Dimensions
6.9 X 8.9 X 0.3 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780819579812

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About the Author

Born in Zaria, Nigeria, HAFIZAH GETER is an author and agent whose poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Boston Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Longreads, among others. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Reviews

"In Un-American, Hafizah Geter creates a new kind of portraiture. A family is slowly etched in relief in language both lush and exacting. This gorgeous debut troubles and reshapes notions of belonging against the backdrop of a country obsessed with its own exclusions, erasures, borders, institutions, and violence. Geter's poems simmer original forms of witness and resistance."--Claudia Rankine, author of Citizen

"Hafizah Geter's Un-American reads like a high lyric conversation overheard. Poem after poem, the most ordinary of items--cups, cards, couches--get ratcheted up into their proper glory. In other words, Geter sees the world as a stage set for what she needs to tell her family but can't, what she needs to hear from her family but won't. And all of this is done with attention to what this one beautiful story says about the so-called American story."--Jericho Brown, author of The Tradition

"Hafizah Geter's Un-American chronicles the haunting legacies of brutal loss written in blood and memory across continents--'together, slowly domesticating / our suffering.' The poems' narrative clarity edges against exile, and in gorgeous language deliver a trenchant testimony and understanding."--Khadijah Queen, author of Anodyne

"Here is the history of this country in all its blood and complication, with all its promise and betrayal. These poems are an accounting, a testimony, a prayer--poems meant to quiet the animal inside us. A beautiful book."--Nick Flynn, author of I Will Destroy You

"This timely and powerful book speaks to the struggles on two nations, and to the grace of the invincible light of black life."--Rigoberto Gonzรกlez