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The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems

The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems

by Threa Almontaser
The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems

The Wild Fox of Yemen: Poems

by Threa Almontaser


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Longlisted for the National Book Award for Poetry

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, selected by Harryette Mullen

By turns aggressively reckless and fiercely protective, always guided by faith and ancestry, Threa Almontaser’s incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a portrait of young Muslim womanhood in New York after 9/11, and an extraordinarily composed examination of what it means to carry in the body the echoes of what came before, Almontaser’s polyvocal collection sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures. Half-crunk and hungry, speakers move with the force of what cannot be contained by the limits of the American imagination, and instead invest in troublemaking and trickery, navigate imperial violence across multiple accents and anthems, and apply gang signs in henna, utilizing any means necessary to form a semblance of home. In doing so, The Wild Fox of Yemen fearlessly rides the tension between carnality and tenderness in the unruly human spirit.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781644450505
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 372,908
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Threa Almontaser is a Yemeni American author from New York City. Her work can be found in the Adroit Journal, Passages North, Diode Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, wildness, and elsewhere. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Hunting Girliness 5

Stained Skin 8

Muslim Girl with White Guys, Ending at the Edge of a Ridge 10

Recognized Language 12

Etymology of Hair 14

Shaytan Sneaks Bites of My Tuna Sandwich 16

Muslim with Dog 18

Dream Interpretation [Apricot] 20

Pig Flesh 21

Portrait of This Country 24

When People Are Cursed 27

Feast, Beginning w/ a Kissed Blade 29

Hunger Wraps Himself 33

Guide to Gardening Your Roots 36

Operation Restoring Hope 40

Yemen Rising as Poorest Country in the World 43

Coffee Arabica as a Maelstrom of Endless Aftershocks 45

The Snapping Turtles in Ta'iz Have Beards 48

Dream Interpretation [Fox] 50

At the summit, he finds a nest 51

Hidden Bombs in My Coochie 55

Home Security After 9/11 58

My President Asks Me about Redemption 61

Heritage Emissary 65

I Thicken the Room w/ Dim Mirrors & an Altar of Aliens, Waiting for a Sign 67

My Father Finds Home through the Birds 69

Dream Interpretation [Sea] 72

After Running Away from Another Marriage Proposal 73

I Crack an Egg 75

Middle Eastern Music 78

Please Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering 80

And That Fast, You're Thinking about Their Bodies 83

Why I Am Silent about the Lament 84

Catasterism 85

When White Boys Ask to See My Hair 88

Ode to Bodega Cats 89

Notes 93

Acknowledgments 97

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