In Her Feminine Sign

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$14.95  $13.90
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
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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 is an Iraqi American poet and writer. She is the author of the poetry collections The War Works Hard (shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize), Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (winner of the Arab American Book Award), The Iraqi Nights (winner of the Poetry Magazine Translation Award), and In Her Feminine Sign (chosen as one of the ten best poetry books of 2019 by The New York Public Library). Her nonfiction book The Beekeeper was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her debut novel, The Bird Tattoo, was shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. Mikhail won the UNESCO Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture and the UN Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing.

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)