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Atrium
Poems

Hala Alyan


May 2012

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$15.00 US
($16.50 CAN)
978-0-9835813-8-3 | 9780983581383
0-9835813-8-X | 098358138X

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Poetry

POETRY

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Published by Three Rooms Press

Description:
In Atrium, award-winning Palestinian-American poet Hala Alyan traces lines of global issues in personal spaces, with fervently original imagery, and a fierce passion and intense intimacy that echoes long after initial reading.

The book received the 2013 Arab American Book of the Year Award for Poetry, an astounding achievement for a first collection. In addition, Alyan was recently tapped as a finalist in the Nazim Himet Poetry Competition.

Already in her young career, Alyan has etched her mark on other award-winning poets who are universal in their praise: “Don't miss the dazzling Hala Alyan. Wow. When she says ‘the poetry like a spear,’ she isn't kidding.” —Naomi Shihab Nye; “Hala Alyan’s poems startle us with their beautiful, enigmatic images and capture us with their passionate engagement with the world. A powerful debut.” —Chitra Divakaruni; “For all the stunning angularity in this vision, we do not doubt that what we are seeing and sensing here is a surprising, sharp-edged sense of the real, of a world that had been there all along, just waiting for this poet and these poems to reveal. Start to finish, these poems convey a singular vision and represent an important new voice in the international poetry arena.” —Fred Marchant

Hala Alyan's Atrium is truly a remarkable debut by a poet of stunning virtuosity and range.


Excerpt:
From "Pandora" by Hala Alyan

i.
When you sin,
you go to church.
Cut your hair and watch French films.
Drink nothing
but tea for
an entire winter.

ii.
I just wash my sheets.


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