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“As a writer starting out in the early 1990s,” Khaled Mattawa begins “Meet the Poet-Stranger,” the essay that opens this collection, “I wanted the company of fellow immigrants who worked in the language of their adopted homelands, chiseling away at their exile and making a home for themselves in poetry.” Throughout his career, Mattawa’s thoughtful and politically astute considerations of what it means to create as a “poet-stranger,” particularly for those of Middle Eastern heritage, have been steeped in his personal experience as a Libyan-American writer.

The essays included in this volume cover Mattawa’s approach toward translating contemporary and classical Arabic poetry, the personal and international politics of poetry, and the difficulty of representing one’s own family history in one’s own writing. The concluding piece, “Poems and Days (A Reader’s Memoir),” presents his deep engagement with the work of other poets during his formative years as a writer.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, Acknowledgments
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Meet the Poet-Stranger: Three Stories and Their Aftermath
  2. pp. 1-24
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  1. Identity, Power and a Prayer to Repatriation: On Writing and Translating Poetry
  2. pp. 25-40
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  1. On the Poet’s Presence: Thinking Back, Thinking Forth, Thinking Darwish and Tagore
  2. pp. 41-60
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  1. Resisting the Lapse into Monologue: On the Poetics of Bilingualism in American Poetry
  2. pp. 61-73
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  1. Ethnic American Writing and the Challenge of Tradition
  2. pp. 74-86
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  1. Writing Islam in Contemporary American Poetry: On Mohja Kahf, Daniel Moore and Agha Shahid Ali
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. Translation Impossible
  2. pp. 97-100
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  1. Epic Temptations: On an Unwritten Poem
  2. pp. 101-117
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  1. Four Uneasy Pieces
  2. pp. 118-131
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  1. On the Road with Adonis
  2. pp. 132-134
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  1. Skyping with Saadi, Channeling Li Po
  2. pp. 135-137
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  1. Poems and Days (A Reader’s Memoir)
  2. pp. 138-181
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472122424
Related ISBN
9780472073290
MARC Record
OCLC
965825400
Pages
184
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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