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Customs: Poems

Customs: Poems

by Solmaz Sharif
Customs: Poems

Customs: Poems

by Solmaz Sharif


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Finalist for the 2023 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Finalist for the 2022 L.A. Times Book Prize for Poetry
Longlisted for the 2023 PEN/Jean Stein Book Award

In Customs, Solmaz Sharif examines what it means to exist in the nowhere of the arrivals terminal, a continual series of checkpoints, officers, searches, and questionings that become a relentless experience of America. With resignation and austerity, these poems trace a pointed indoctrination to the customs of the nation-state and the English language, and the realities they impose upon the imagination, the paces they put us through. While Sharif critiques the culture of performed social skills and poetry itself—its foreclosures, affects, successes—she begins to write her way out to the other side of acceptability and toward freedom.

Customs is a brilliant, excoriating new collection by a poet whose unfolding works are among the groundbreaking literature of our time.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644450796
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 03/01/2022
Pages: 72
Sales rank: 114,933
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

America 3


Dear Aleph 7

Beauty 8

Self-Care 10

Social Skills Training 12

Dear Aleph 13

Visa 14

Persistence of Vision: Gwendolyn Brooks 15

Planetarium 16

Now What 17

Persistence of Vision: Televised Confession 19

He, Too 21

Dear Aleph 22

Learning Persian 24

Patronage 25

Into English 29

The End of Exile 31


Without Which 35

The Master's House 59


Does yours have a landscape? 63

An Otherwise 65

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