Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Women's Studies. "Zeina Hashem Beck crafts a multifaceted portrait of the people and the streets of Beirut. Part love-letter, part elegy, Hashem Beck's debut collection keeps the city from becoming 'a shadow of a memory, / the memory of a shadow' for poet and reader both, offering us instead 'labyrinths / in which we get lost on purpose.' This collection is as vibrant and sensitive as its subject—the city that 'understands / not being tired of being.' Join me in an enthusiastic welcome for a compelling new voice in Anglophone poetry."—John Hennessy
|Publisher:||The Backwaters Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)|
About the Author
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet with a BA and an MA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Dubai, where she runs poetry workshops, reads regularly, and hosts PUNCH, a Dubai-based poetry and open-mic collective.
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To Live in Autumn based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Proof that the pen is mightier than the sword from the perspective of an educated and enlightened Arab female. A relevant and current commentary on the affect that extremism, civil war and authoritarian regimes have on the ordinary lives of the arab people . "I Call it Home", "Correcting My Mother's Essay" and "Spring" will leave lasting impressions on the American reader searching to hear calls to peace in a violent and unstable world.
I pre-ordered this book, and finally received it yesterday. To say I was excited about it is an understatement. I have read, heard and enjoyed Zeina Hashem Beck's poetry for a long time now, and am a huge fan. Her writing touches the soul, and tackles subjects from love, grief, homesickness, war, family in a passionate yet very eloquent way... This book captivated me like a scent you pick up randomly, that takes you to places in your memories that you thought were long gone... It's like an old book smell that puts you back in your childhood classroom, or an old blanket fragrance that feels like you're hugging your passed grandmother... I started the book last night, and didn't let go until it was done. I cried, then laughed, then cried some more. Although the poems describe Beirut and the author's attachment to her home country, her memories and passions, it transcends geographic locations, and I feel is a wonderful treat to any person away from home. I won't quote from it, there are so many special verses that I can't just pick a few. Read the book, it's very much worth it. I'm getting more copies to gift my friends... My heart is younger, after reading it... I'm sure I'll enjoy many readings to come...