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Far From Algiers

Djelloul Marbrook

Publication Year: 2008

Winner of the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize

“How honored I am—how lucky—to have been able to choose this superb first book by Djelloul Marbrook that honors a lifetime of hidden achievement. . . . Sometimes the poems seem utterly symbolic, surreal; they are philosophical, historical, psychological, political, and spiritual. The genius is in the many ways these poems can be read. I kept being rewarded by new awarenesses of the poet’s intentions, by the breadth and scope of the manuscript. As I read, I felt more and more that it was impossible that this was a first book. It seemed the writer knew exactly what to say, and, more importantly, exactly what to leave out.”
—Toi Derricotte, judge

“In a dizzying and divisive time, it’s beautiful to see how Djelloul Marbrook’s wise and flinty poems outfox the Furies of exile, prejudice, and longing. Succinct, aphoristic, rich with the poet’s resilient clarity in the face of a knockabout world, Far from Algiers is a remarkable and distinctive debut.”
—Cyrus Cassells

“Djelloul Marbrook, ‘a highly skilled outsider,’ bursts into poetry with this splendid first book, which brings together the energy of a young poet with the wisdom of long experience.”

Published by: The Kent State University Press

Front Cover

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Title page, Copyright, Dedication

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Table of Contents

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Acknowledgements

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p. x-x

Acknowledgments are like funerals, notable for who isn’t there, but those who must be mentioned are George B. Donus, David L. O’Melia, Rolfe Humphries, Alan Dugan, Stevie Smith, Wanda Ratliff, Raymond N. Nelson, Neild B. Oldham, David C. Wayland, David Gettman, Gail Godwin, Patricia L. Divine, Rosemary V. Klein, Martina Reisz Newberry, Amari...

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Foreword

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pp. xii-xiii

What a joy to find that the “emerging” first book poet I had chosen for the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize is a journalist, a man 73 years old who had published poems “in his youth.” How honored I am—how lucky—to have been able to choose this superb first book by Djelloul Marbrook that honors a lifetime of hidden achievement. It has also...

Part 1

Climate Control

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p. 3-3

Bitchy Nurse

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p. 4-4

Djelloul

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p. 5-5

Far from Algiers

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pp. 6-7

Troubled Boy

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p. 8-8

Autobiography

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p. 9-9

The Flutes of the Djinn

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p. 10-10

Sinistral

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p. 11-11

The Memory of Sand

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p. 12-12

Submarine

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pp. 13-14

Strongbox

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p. 15-15

What Good Did My Own Good Do Me ?

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p. 16-16

Port of Entry

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p. 17-17

The Angel Departs

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p. 18-18

Under the Grates

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pp. 19-20

Part 2

Familiarity

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p. 23-23

The Great Game

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p. 24-24

Ghosts

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p. 25-25

My Ship Comes In

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p. 26-26

Old Charts , Warm Rain

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p. 27-27

Van Gogh’ s Drawings

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pp. 28-29

The Men’ s Room

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p. 30-30

Respite

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p. 31-31

Curtains

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p. 32-32

Catalysis

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p. 33-33

Parole Violator

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p. 34-34

Ambition

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p. 35-35

Danger

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p. 36-36

The Price of Crude

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p. 37-37

The Price of Admission

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p. 38-38

Oneness

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p. 39-39

Profanity

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p. 40-40

Second Moses

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p. 41-41

The Flavor of Lies

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p. 42-42

Part 3

A Fitting Place

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p. 45-45

Commonest Word

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p. 46-46

The Air About Him Is Too Thin

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p. 47-47

Hurricane Spaghetti

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p. 48-48

No Good-bye

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p. 49-49

And So My Pharaonic Head

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p. 50-50

Exile

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p. 51-51

Dread Commerce

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p. 52-52

A Sixty-Bag Departure

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p. 53-53

Escape Route

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p. 54-54

What a Place

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p. 55-55

Hasan ibn al-Sabah

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pp. 56-59

About the Author, Back Cover

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pp. 60-61


E-ISBN-13: 9781612775951
E-ISBN-10: 1612775950
Print-ISBN-13: 9780873389877

Page Count: 72
Publication Year: 2008