Somewhere Else

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From the river Nile to the teeming streets of Cairo, from the indigenous, pre-Islamic Egyptian Coptic civilization to an America struggling with its fear of the Arab world, Shenoda?s poems recall the sacred traditions of an ancient, enduring culture as they widen the political conversation surrounding ethnicity, pan-Africanism and pan-Arabism. This notable collection spans generational, political and cultural divides, providing a nuanced perspective virtually unknown in the ...

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Overview

From the river Nile to the teeming streets of Cairo, from the indigenous, pre-Islamic Egyptian Coptic civilization to an America struggling with its fear of the Arab world, Shenoda’s poems recall the sacred traditions of an ancient, enduring culture as they widen the political conversation surrounding ethnicity, pan-Africanism and pan-Arabism. This notable collection spans generational, political and cultural divides, providing a nuanced perspective virtually unknown in the West.

Matthew Shenoda is a Coptic poet influenced by jazz musicians and the writers of the Black Arts Movement. He teaches at San Francisco State University and works as a community and racial justice activist in the Bay Area. Widely anthologized, his articles, essays and poems have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, The Bloomsbury Review and Newsday.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566891738
  • Publisher: Coffee House Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Pages: 75
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew Shenoda is a Coptic poet who teaches at San Francisco State University and works as a community and racial justice activist in the Bay Area. His articles, essays, and poems have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Newsday, and the anthologies: From Invisibility to Visibility: The Racialization of Arab Americans before and after September 11th and Poets Against The War.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
New Cairo 3
Lineage 4
Remembering 5
The Nile before being dammed 6
Yesterday's tar, tomorrow's pavement 8
Prayer 9
Homeland poem 10
Song of name 11
Sounding the meander 12
Song of re-call 13
A prayer for my people 14
Somewhere in the eastern Sahara there is a wall made of skulls 16
Tatas 18
Red Sea 19
Aswan 20
Blue 21
Annunciate 22
Relics 23
The calendar we live 25
Somewhere else 33
Transporting a weed whacker way over country lines 35
Standing on the corner 36
Sixty Kph prayer 37
In passing 38
Al-Shir Min Ghayr Ism 39
Living ancients 40
Twenty-first century poem 41
Remember me 42
Where we come from 43
For Tata 46
Spring 48
The Democratic National Convention 49
Prelude to a journey 50
A poem for the educational institutions that treat us raw 51
Enough 52
Waiting 55
Reclaiming the classroom 56
Fire rhythms 59
Shouting back the place 61
Al-Mansura (Nile blues) 62
For Charles Mingus & that ever-living "love chant" 63
Survival 64
After the World Trade Center is destroyed, America waves its true flag, the crimson, brown mens' blood 65
Dispatches from the new world order 67
Language 68
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