What to Count

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Wayne State University Press
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6.14 X 8.99 X 0.24 inches | 0.34 pounds

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About the Author

Alise Alousi is a 2019 Kresge Literary Arts Fellow and has received awards from Knight Arts Detroit, Mesa Refuge, and others. Her work has been widely anthologized including in the collections To Light a Fire: 20 Years with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry (both Wayne State University Press) and Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry. She works at InsideOut Literary Arts and has been an active part of the literary arts in metro Detroit for many years. She currently serves on the steering committee for Room Project, a workspace for women and nonbinary writers in Detroit and teaches poetry to teens at the Arab American National Museum. .


What To Count is a lyrical composition of intimate vignettes, revealing the intricacies of intergenerational diasporic relationships across multiple cultures and geographies, from Baghdad to Detroit. This remarkable collection explores the boundaries of form through daring experimentation. Divided into three sections--Pattern, Persistence, and Portrait--each section is a poetic masterpiece in its own right. This significant contribution to Arab and Arab American literature is especially critical, as it marks the twentieth anniversary of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, a war that sparked one of the most prolonged and disheartening periods in the histories of both Iraq and America. Alise Alousi's poetic journey of un/coverings celebrates the connection between those who survived the direct experiences of war and displacement and those with post-memory in the diaspora--mutually the trauma, hopes, and dreams.

--Dena Al-Adeeb "Iraqi born artist, writer, educator, scholar-activist, and mother"