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In Her Feminine Sign
Categories: 21st Century, American, Arabic, BAME, War writings, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (80 pages)
(Pub. Aug 2019)
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(Pub. Aug 2019)
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A Poetry Book Society Autumn 2019 Wild Card Selection
At the heart of In Her Feminine Sign, Dunya Mikhail’s luminous new collection of poems, is the Arabic suffix taamarbuta, ‘the tied circle’ – a circle with two dots above it that indicates a feminine word, or sign. This tied circle transforms into the moon, a stone that binds friendship, birdsong over ruins, and a hymn to Nisaba, the goddess of writing. With a deceptive simplicity and disquieting humour reminiscent of Wisława Szymborska, and a lyricism wholly her own, Mikhail slips between her childhood in Baghdad and her present life in Detroit, between Ground Zero and a mass grave, tracing new circles of light.
Awards won by Dunya Mikhail Winner, 2019 A Poetry Book Society Autumn Wild Card Selection
(In Her Feminine Sign) Short-listed, 2005 Griffin International Poetry Prize
(The War Works Hard) Winner, 2004 Pen Translation Fund Award
(The War Works Hard)
'Mikhail explores processes and their accoutrements, their spin-offs and accessories... There are several small jewel like pieces that are truly luminous'
Ian Pople, The Manchester Review
'a collection of limpid meditations which demand that we pause as we read [...] profoundly thought-through work'
Fiona Sampson, Guardian Poetry Review Roundup
'In Her Feminine Sign is a wise and innovative set of poems which ask us to consider not only what it means to be living away from home, but how home can shift depending on a number of variables.'Praise for Dunya Mikhail 'Here is the new Iraqi poetry: terse, unadorned, stripped and ironic...her voice is the inescapable voice of Arab poetry today.'
Anthony Anaxagorou, PBS Autumn Bulletin
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