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New Book of Yemeni American Poems


This is a new anthology of poems in English by a Yemeni American, Threa Almontaser. Check out the review on Qantara. Details on the book are here, including an excerpt:


One day, nameless limbs, small square

of sidewalk, like a fig fallen too soon.


The next, a gang member’s mascot, beast

born from an Arab’s love, coked-up rats.


A woman in tragedy will also grow that fast,

turn from whimpers to wind in seconds


with the right kind of violence, and after,

make herself a home for the lost


who look for it.


—from “Ode to Bodega Cats”






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