The Explosive Expert's Wife

The Explosive Expert's Wife

by Shara Lessley


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299317348
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Wisconsin Poetry Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Shara Lessley is the author of Two-Headed Nightingale. Her awards include a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, and a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The coeditor of The Poem's Country: Place and Poetic Practice, she lives in Oxford, England.

Table of Contents


In Jordan’s Northernmost Province
First Days: August 
Advice from the Predecessor’s Wife
Mine Warfare 
The Explosive Expert’s Wife 
In Arabic 
Letter to Bruce in Paradise, Indiana
Arab Spring 
The Accused Terrorist’s Wife
Arab Spring: 
Things Green 

They Ask Me to Send 
Petra by Night 
The Explosive Expert’s Wife 
The Marine Ball 
Ex-pat Ghazal 
The Ugly American 
Dawn at the Dead Sea
The Explosive Expert’s Wife
Vertigo: Boston / The Middle East
Arabian Night 
Scent of the Gods 
These Days: April, Al-Shakareen St.

Aubade: Amman 
The Long Flight Home 
The Bath Massacre, 1927 
The Explosive Expert’s Wife 
Before the Bridal Shop 
Domestic Intelligence 
Long Division in a Time of Drought
Sleeper Cell 
Found Poem: No Joke 
The Clinic Bomber’s Mother 
Letter to Rania in Amman 
His Eye Is on the Sparrow 
Plausible Deniability 
Late Epithalamium with Perennials
Lines Following a Husband’s Departure


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SiobhanMFallon More than 1 year ago
As in her Two-Headed Nightingale, Shara Lessley miraculously manages to conjure up entire lives, cities, secrets, and dreams, in the brevity of a page or a stanza. The Explosive Expert’s Wife delves into characters dealing with discordance and dislocation, that of being Americans living in the Middle East, of being mothers sharing bodies with unborn children, of being wives unsure of what they are sharing with unfathomable spouses. Jordan blazes from each page, full of breath and fire, from its disappearing black irises, to young boys harassing a horse at Petra, to women harvesting fields of salt: “All’s beautiful. Because this country’s not just table grapes but the olives’ acidic skin.” Though slim, this collection is vast and unforgettable. I highly recommend.