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Post-Gibran anthology of new Arab American writing
ʻAkash, Munīr.
First edition.
Publication Information:
West Bethesda, Md. : Kitab ; Syracuse, NY : Distributed by Syracuse University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 460 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"A Jusoor book."
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PS508.A67 P67 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This is a compilation of poetry, fiction, essays and drama confronting issues in Arab American writing.

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Library Journal Review

The author of The Prophet and the best-known Arab American literary figure, the late Kahlil Gibran would be proud of a new generation represented in this anthology of more than 40 writers and poets. After more than a century of Arab immigration to the United States, Arab American literature in English remains largely obscure, to say the least. This collection of previously unpublished poetry, drama, fiction, creative prose, and literary and cultural criticism features a range of writers, both seasoned and upcoming. While the Middle East and the old country are often reference points, themes are not limited in this regard. Most of the contributors have been influenced by their ethnic and cultural background, current political events, and the American experience, while some of the writers included are not Arab at all but identify with Arab culture. This ambitious, richly illustrated volume is both a celebration of an ethnic experience and a window through which to view Arab American literature still in its infancy. Although the brief introduction could have offered more historic and cultural background to an American audience largely ill informed about the Arab American community, this wonderful collection is recommended for all literature collections. [See also Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-American Poetry, reviewed on p. 105.--Ed.]--Ali Houissa, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Patricia KhleifNoel AbdulahadPaula Haydar and Adnan HaydarMkhammas MardudGeorge Tarabishi and Elie Chalala
Acknowledgmentp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Way Back
The Day
The Window's Oven
Innocent Bystanders
The Origins of Western Love
The Egyptian Movie Star
Sixty Minutes
Daughter of Arabs
The Lower Organs of Beirut
Freeways and Rest Houses
Ode to Mejnoon
New Directions: Arab American Writing at Century's End
The Bullet Collection
No Statues Were Built in the Camp
The Love Song of Ibrahim Abdelmadi
From My Cancer Journal
Long Overdue
Between Words
We're History
Poetry as Homeland
A Butterfly Gaze
Like a Christmas Tree
Is This Devastation for me Alone?
The Masks of The Crane
The Crane
Ghost Songs
The Blind Beekeeper
Remember Vaughn Monroe?
Fraudulent Acts
From a Distance Born
Picture Us
Hamza Aweiwi: A Shoe Salesman in Hebron
The Pregnancy
Camp Dearborn
Twentieth Ode
April 5/97
Poem for Countee Cullen
Umar: An Affirmation Two Hours Later
My Body is not Your Battleground
More than One Way to Break Fast
Perfect Gallows
The Menaced Ventriloquist
Five Minutes
The Scream 98
The Lessons of Leila
A Tree With a Dream
Back in the Black
Heifers and Heroes
October's Daughter
There is no Love Here
Every Poem a Prayer
Ode 124
Gacela of the Terrifying Presence
The Hunt
Without Rhyme or Reason
To a Lady
Yazid to his Father Moawiah
The Zaire
Like a Rain
Embers and Ashes
Fragrance From the Garden
Mahmoud Darwish: We will Choose Sophoclesp. 386
Tawfiq Al-Hakim: The Song of Songsp. 393
Yusuf Habashi Al-Ashqar: The Shadow and the Echop. 407
Adnan Haydarp. 425
Taha Husain's Failurep. 439
Sarah Rogers: In Mona's Gardenp. 447
Cotributors' Notesp. 455