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My Name On His Tongue

by Laila Halaby

Publication Year: 2012

This unique collection of poetry reaches out to readers of all kinds, offering the compelling voice of a woman who grew up and lived in the United State as an Arab and an American.

Published by: Syracuse University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-ix

Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-

you can be a tourist at home

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pp. 1-6

how a tour guide in Petra reminded me of all I’ve lost (or never had to begin with)

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pp. 3-6

no matter how much zaatar you eat you still gotta work to be an Arab /writer/woman

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pp. 7-35

the journey

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pp. 9-17

grandfathers

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pp. 18-19

di dove sei?1

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pp. 20-22

home

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pp. 23-25

browner shades of White

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pp. 26-27

Air Force visitors

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pp. 28-29

on going to the movies with a Jewish friend, 1990

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pp. 30-32

silhouette of two women drinking coffee

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pp. 33-

letter to my brother

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pp. 34-35

là où Dieu nous plante il faut savoir fl eurir or wherever God plants us we gotta find a way to bloom

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pp. 37-81

exile

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pp. 39-

a call to Irbid

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pp. 40-

freedom fighter

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pp. 41-42

identity card

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pp. 43-44

one day in upstate New York

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pp. 45-

handfuls of wind

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pp. 46-47

good morning

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pp. 48-49

cheating

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pp. 50-51

a moonlit visit

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pp. 52-55

love thing

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pp. 56-57

in the pockets of my dresses

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pp. 58-

your country

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pp. 59-60

February

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pp. 61-62

motherhood

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pp. 63-64

home, again

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pp. 65-

final video snapshots on the way to the airport

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pp. 66-71

home (one last time)

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pp. 72-

eid

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pp. 73-74

yesterday

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pp. 75-76

after a reading by Khaled Mattawa

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pp. 77-80

colors

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pp. 81-

my grandma and your grandma were sittin’ by the fire . . .

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pp. 83-128

letter to an Israeli soldier

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pp. 85-89

refugee

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pp. 90-

August 16, 1990

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pp. 91-

a day at the park a few days Before

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pp. 92-94

penmanship: the Iraq war, day 4

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pp. 95-96

rage: the Iraq war, day 6

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pp. 97-100

demonstrators

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pp. 101-102

intentions

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pp. 103-105

refugee (of love)

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pp. 106-108

short video clip: Baghdad tattoo, November, 2006

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pp. 109-

taking a moment to thank our sponsors

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pp. 110-111

could be Beirut, July, 2006

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pp. 112-116

warning to all Arabs traveling back to the United States: TSA officials are now employing Israeli security tactics at the Newark airport or now would be a good time to go dumpster diving at Newark Liberty International Airport

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pp. 117-120

strange men in my house

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pp. 121-124

homeland security

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pp. 125-127

an open letter to president-elect Barack Obama regarding the situation in Gaza

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pp. 128-


E-ISBN-13: 9780815651734
E-ISBN-10: 0815651732
Print-ISBN-13: 9780815632948
Print-ISBN-10: 0815632940

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Arab American Writing

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