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How Beautiful People Are

by Pirani Ayaz
edition: Paperback
tagged: middle eastern, canadian

In How Beautiful People Are, his third collection, Ayaz Pirani continues to write his people's pothi: a trans-national, inter-generational poetry of post-colonial love and loss animated by the syncretizing figure of Kabir and drawn from the extraordinary diwan of ginan and granth literature. Walking alongside the tiger of Ali and an assortment of b …

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Good Arabs, The

by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch
edition: Paperback
tagged: middle eastern, lgbt, family

Swinging from post-explosion Beirut to a Parc-Extension balcony in summer, the verse and prose poems in The Good Arabs ground the reader in place, language, and the body. Peeling and rinsing radishes. Dancing as a pre-teen to Nancy Ajram. Being drenched in stares on the city bus. The collection is an interlocking and rich offering of the speaker's …

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Green Parrots in my Garden

Poems from the Arab Middle East

by Jane Ross
edition: Paperback
tagged: middle eastern, places, women authors

Green Parrots in My Garden emerged from the years Jane Ross lived in the Arab and extended Middle East. As she discovered the wealth of life, custom and landscape, she decided to write about them. Her essaie (French: essayer - to try) sharpened as she journeyed into Arab lands and the beliefs of the people who live there. Accordingly, the poems cap …

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Text Messages

Or How I Found Myself Time Travelling

by Yassin “Narcy”  Alsalman, read by Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman
edition: Audiobook
tagged: middle eastern, canadian

 

Text Messages is the first multi-genre collection by Montreal-based Iraqi hip-hop artist, activist, and professor Yassin “Narcy” Alsalman.

Composed entirely on a smartphone during air travel and married to artwork from comrades, Narcy’s writing speaks of the existential crises experienced by diasporic children of war before and during imperia …

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knot body

by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch
edition: Paperback
  • age: 16 to 18
  • Grade: 11 to 12
tagged: lgbt, middle eastern, transgender studies, letters, lgbtq+ health

Bringing together poetry, essay, and letters to "lovers, friends and in-betweens," Eli Tareq Bechelany-Lynch confronts the ways capitalism, fatphobia, ableism, transness, and racializations affect people with chronic pain, illness, and disability. knot body explores what it means to discover the limits of your body, and contends with what those lim …

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Lives Lost:

In Search of a New Tomorrow

by Saeed Yousef, foreword by Shahrzad Mojab, translated by Ahad Bahadori, illustrated by Ava Raha
edition: Paperback
tagged: middle eastern, iran

Bilingual, colour, illustrated edition. Political Prisoners | Iran | Poetry

Written in the wake of the 1980s massacres of political prisoners in Iran, Lives Lost: In Search of a New Tomorrow insists on the work of memory, critical thought, and imagination to resist the 'forgetting' forged by violence. Saeed Yousef's acerbic, moving, and defiant quat …

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Najwa Zebian: The Collected Poems

narrator Najwa Zebian
edition: Audiobook
tagged: women authors, middle eastern

Najwa Zebian: The Collected Poems is an audio collection of Zebian's bestselling poetry, including the full text of Mind Platter, The Nectar of Pain, and Sparks of Phoenix. This bundled audiobook allows readers to access all of Zebian’s moving work in one place, in the author’s own voice.

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The Nectar of Pain

narrator Najwa Zebian
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback
tagged: middle eastern, death, inspirational & religious

In The Nectar of Pain, Zebian sheds light on the feelings and experiences that emerge from a painful heartbreak. She writes that the process of cleansing oneself of that pain—day by day, hour by hour, and second by second—is the real work of healing.

With uncommon warmth and wisdom, Zebian empowers all who have lost to let go of anger and transf …

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