the magic my body becomes: Poems by by Jess Rizkallah

the magic my body becomes: Poems by

Winner, 2017 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize In the magic my body becomes, Jess Rizkallah seeks a vernacular for the inescapable middle ground of being Arab American—a space that she finds, at times, to be too Arab for America and too American for her Lebanese elders. The voice here freely asserts gender, sexuality, and religious beliefs, while at the same time it respects a gener...

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  • Sara Khayat
    As a fellow Lebanese American, I find this narrative to be essential....
  • Nour
    Absolutely striking....
  • Trey
    "why are you closing the curtain let them stare""we are all silent in the wrong places."Jess Rizkallah conducts her words and ideas through this collection in a vulnerable and profound way. She at once invites you to find yourself in her words while also being very specific that this is her story. S...
  • Megan Willoughby
    A moving, deeply-felt meditation on Lebanese/immigrant/female identity, homeland, loss, and power. Rizkallah touches on the conflict of the diaspora...and how one's homeland flows through one's blood like a river - sometimes silent, sometimes deafening....
  • Matt
    This is another one of those books that feels like it uses the slam poet form to present another ethnic category, this time Arab women, or to be more specific, Lebanese women. It's got poems spoken, aphoristically, by a poetically conceived grandmother, and poems about family and growing up and abou...
  • Laurel L. Perez
    This is a no holds barred meditation on Lebanese/immigrant/female identity, homeland, loss, and power. Rizkallah touches on the conflict of the diaspora. She doesn't shy away from saying what needs to be said, and each page dips with dialogue and image that just hurts....
  • Glenda
    Lebanese-American Poet Jess Rizkallah explores the intersection between cultures and sexuality in this collection that also moves from a sort of fragmented, primitive exploration of language structures to sophisticated images and figurative language. Favorite poem: “Origin Story.” Some of ...
  • Erin Vance
    Hands down one of the most important books of poetry I’ve ever read. ...
  • George Abraham
    Jess is the future of Arab-American literature <3 GO BUY THIS BOOK!...

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