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In Her Feminine Sign
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This title is available for academic inspection (paperback only).
ISBN: 978 1 784108 53 3
Categories: 21st Century, American, Arabic, Black and Asian, War writings, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: August 2019
216 x 135 x 7 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (Kindle), eBook (EPUB), eBook (PDF)
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)
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.'
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