The Lives of Rain

The Lives of Rain Poems of displacement and uncertainty moving continent to continent giving voice to Palestinians of the diaspora

  • Title: The Lives of Rain
  • Author: Nathalie Handal
  • ISBN: 9781566566025
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Poems of displacement and uncertainty, moving continent to continent, giving voice to Palestinians of the diaspora.

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    1. there you standbetween the dream of two gazelles,*breathlesslyquestioning the poempoemdressed in olive branches and cracked happiness,surrounded by seasons of sleepless nights staringat the dusty walls of cities we have lostthe lives of rain is a book of exile and wandering,geographically and emotionally.In it are wars,loves,scars,ancestors.In it are olive trees,lemon trees,weddings,music,fear.In it are English,French,Arabic,SpanishAlice Ostrikeras much i enjoyed this book i want to thank you My [...]

    2. The best poems in Handal's first collection are exellent: "Bethlehem," "The Combatant and I," "The Uncertainty of Fear," "Detained," "Caribe in Nueva York," "Blues Hours," and "Strangers Inside Me." Writing from her complex experience as multi-lingual exile, Handal's at her best when excavating the psychological dimensions of estrangment, especially the difficulties of loving across chasms of distrust, uncertainty, radical fluidity. Some of the more public and political poems slip into predictab [...]

    3. With the exception of a small handful of powerful pieces, "The Hanging Hours," "Orphans of Night," "I Never Made it to Cafe Beirut, Nor, I Heard, Did You," the language in this collection lets it down. Handal has a tendency to end poems on a murmur, which punctures a hole in the enchantment she's building rather than cementing it. Overall, I kept thinking that these poems would have benefited from one more revision. They're a little underdone for my taste.

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