"Trembles with belonging (and longing) and love and sex."
--The New York Times
"Nathalie Handal's Love and Strange Horses is riddled with provocative incantations that verge on a conjuring solidly based in this world and beyond. There's a subtle singing locked inside each poem that raises the stakes. This cosmopolitan voice belongs to the human family, and it luxuriates in crossing necessary borders. The pages are lit with scintillations that transport the reader to pithy zones of thought and pleasure."
Nathalie Handal is an award-winning poet, playwright, and writer. She is the author of two previous poetry collections: The NeverField and The Lives of Rain. Handal is the editor of The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology, winner of the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award, and coeditor of Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond. Her work has appeared in numerous anthologies and publications including Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, and the Literary Review. She was named an honored finalist for the 2009 Gift of Freedom Award.
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Table of ContentsContents Pasaje I. Movement One—Intima’ Flames at Hurr Mountain Brokenmusic In the Ruins The Unnatural Apologies of Shadows Listen, Tonight Sun Moon Midnight Of the End The Hawk Quartet The Map of Home Butterfly, or What Is Unnamed Unstrung Lute Country of Days Don’t Believe Autobiography of Night Pendule Intermisión Akhmatova and I: Boleros History by Candlelight Love and Strange Horses—Intima’ II. Movement Two—Elegía Erótica Les Fenêtres—Three Drafts Corriendo Ahmad Elephant Fever Entrances and Other Endings Javier The OtherWoman Why Men DieYoung Scènes dans une Chambre Mauve In Jerusalem Les Éventails, Portraits of Passion The Bulgarian Orchestra Carrousel, or After Lovemaking In January, Amor y Lluvia Lubhyati: Love Letters Love and Strange Horses—Elegía Erótica III. MovementThree—Terre Música El Mundo The Meadows The Song Fox Hayat White Trees Here and There The Songmaker—19 Arabics Interview with Jesus or Edward Hopper Winter Phantoms Portraits & Truths Black Butterflies, A Lost Tango Les Cloîtres White Strawberries Sailing to Tarsus Dream of O’Keeffe’s Dream 19 Harbors Love and Strange Horses—Terre Música Notes Acknowledgments
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