These Are Not Oranges, My Love

Mersal offers an exquisite daughter to father poem Titled The Clot, this sequence radiates with a combination of tenderness, humor and anguish unmatched in contemporary Arabic poetry From the Introduction by Khaled Mattawa
These Are Not Oranges My Love Mersal offers an exquisite daughter to father poem Titled The Clot this sequence radiates with a combination of tenderness humor and anguish unmatched in contemporary Arabic poetry From the Introduc

  • Title: These Are Not Oranges, My Love
  • Author: Iman Mersal
  • ISBN: 9781931357548
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “These Are Not Oranges, My Love”

    1. I am not sure how to feel about this book. It was steeped in grief and melancholy and lots of talk of death without necessarily being sad or emotional. Reading this feels like sifting through someone's memories and seeing what's left in your hands after all the sand has fallen through. My favourite part of this poetry book was when she was in Alberta -- I am a recent immigrant from Australia so I love immigrant stories and love to see how other people handle dualities that I have too. I loved he [...]

    2. He sleeps in the next room, a wall between us.I do not mean any symbols by this,only there is a wall between us.I can fill it with pictures of my loversmoking or thinking.But I must find a neutral place for them,respecting the distance between us.It seems God does not love me.I am old enough to believe thatGod has not loved me for a long time,

    3. It was probably bad because it was translated, and I couldn't help but think something was lost in translation. I couldn't understand. Half of the poem even as I read them over and over again, she must've had issues since all of the poems didn't make sense and would change the subject in a matter of lines. Also, half of what she was saying was sad and depressing, it wasn't even the good type of depressing.

    4. Beautiful and written with a real clarity. Would have loved to have had the Arabic side-by-side to compare.

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