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Geographies of Light
Geographies of Light
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BOOK DETAILS

  • Paperback
  • Oct.30.2009
  • 9781934832080

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This collection spans geographies of war, homelessness, homemaking, longing, and hope as it travels through Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian, American and other landscapes. Informed by depth of experience and a resilient humanism, these poems seek to transform landscapes of devastation to geographies of light. Meena Alexander writes about this book, "Out of the dispersal of the Palestinian people comes a voice, delicate, tender, bearing witness to brutal loss, as well as the exquisite pulse of joy, a woman's voice trying to make sense of what it means to be at home in this world." 
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This collection spans geographies of war, homelessness, homemaking, longing, and hope as it travels through Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian, American and other landscapes. Informed by depth of experience and a resilient humanism, these poems seek to transform landscapes of devastation to geographies of light. Meena Alexander writes about this book, "Out of the dispersal of the Palestinian people comes a voice, delicate, tender, bearing witness to brutal loss, as well as the exquisite pulse of joy, a woman's voice trying to make sense of what it means to be at home in this world." 

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A Few Reasons to Oppose the War

 

because wind soughs in the branches of trees

like blood sighing through veins

 

because in each country there are songs

huddled like wet-feathered birds

 

because even though the news has nothing new to say

and keeps on saying it

NO still fights its way into the world

 

because for every bomb that is readied

a baby nestles into her mother

latches onto a nipple beaded with milk

 

because the tulips have waited all winter

in the cold dark earth

 

because each morning the wildflowers outside my window

raise their yellow faces to the sun

 

because we are all so helplessly in love

with the light 

 

 

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These poems were written over a span of two decades, during which I moved between countries and cultures, seeking always for a space I could call home. Now I understand that home is in the writing - and in the connections we make.

About Lisa

Lisa Suhair Majaj is a Palestinian-American poet, writer and critic. Author of the prize-winning poetry volume Geographies of Light (Del Sol Press, 2009), she has published her poetry and essays in over 90 journals and anthologies internationally. She is also co-editor of...

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Published Reviews

Dec.03.2012

"In Geographies of Light, Majaj writes exquisitely of the profound personal and collective loss that defines Palestinian history. Using intimate and compellingly honest, unaffected language...

Dec.12.2012

Majaj’s imagery is thick with vegetation, not just the figs we expect in Arab American poetry and the olive trees that are such symbols for Palestinian poetry, but asphodels and knotted fruit and American...