Hagar Poems

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University of Arkansas Press
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6.0 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Mohja Kahf was born in Damascus, Syria, in 1967 to parents who immigrated to the United States in 1971. She is the author of a poetry book, E-mails from Scheherazad, and a novel, The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf.


"Forthright and fearless poetry. Kahf brilliantly transposes the disorienting experience of life in the U.S. for many immigrant and marginalized women with the rich history of the Abrahamic religions."

--Booklist, Sept. 2016

"Syrian-American Mohja Kahf's Hagar Poems brilliantly explores the lives of Middle Eastern women over thousands of years, from ancient goddesses to contemporary feminists. ... Throughout Hagar Poems, the author accomplishes the amazing marriage of wit and divinity as she describes thousands of years of Middle Eastern women. The women in her poems are survivors. Despite often being exiles and refugees, they can make a new home in the desert, stay in the presence of the divine, and (like Hagar) become the mother of a people."

--Julia Stein, Rain Taxi, Summer 2017

"In a world where Islamophobia, hijabi Olympians, and burqini bans feature in everyday news, Arab-American poet Mohja Kahf's new collection, Hagar Poems, is timely and relevant, delivering a clear-eyed vision of women in Islam."

--Christian Feminism Today

"Gut-wrenching, exploratory and entertaining, Kahf's poems wind through history, through narratives of the Abrahamic traditions and through voices of 'crowds' and power brokers of all times .... To say these poems remind us how connected we are is an understatement."

--Seminary Ridge Review, Autumn 2016

Hagar Poems surprised me, delighted me, and taught me, helping me to understand the story in unfamiliar ways."
--Glynn Young, TweetSpeakPoetry