- Title: Wanting in Arabic
- Author: Trish Salah
- ISBN: 9781894770002
- Page: 262
- Format: Paperback
Poetry Braiding theoretic concerns with the ambivalences of sexed and raced identity.WANTING IN ARABIC attempts to traverse the fantasies of foundational loss and aggressive nostalgia in order to further a poetics of a conscious partiality of being, of generous struggle and comic rather than tragic misrecognition Trish Salah s poetic sequence is not simply a narrative oPoetry Braiding theoretic concerns with the ambivalences of sexed and raced identity.WANTING IN ARABIC attempts to traverse the fantasies of foundational loss and aggressive nostalgia in order to further a poetics of a conscious partiality of being, of generous struggle and comic rather than tragic misrecognition Trish Salah s poetic sequence is not simply a narrative of gender change it s a wandering, thoughtful text, one both fierce and tremulous Erin Moure This is a beautiful and disturbing collection of poems, writing from the uncharted langscape of the third sex Mary Di Michele.
Recent Comments "Wanting in Arabic"
This book is referentially and structurally dense which isn't typically my preference for poetry, but I think there is good reason for it here -- it was written in 2002 and deals with transsexuality. To me, the complex structures Salah builds with the help of classical references help keep the text from slipping into conventional modes of talking about the trans body. It's pretty incredible that this was written a decade and a half ago, because poems like "Furious: hate's disposition" (about shu [...]
Have you ever read something that felt too smart for you? Winnipeg-based writer Trish Salah’s poetry collection Wanting In Arabic was like that for me, especially when I first picked it up. I’ve actually had quite a few unsuccessful starts with this book: I borrowed it from the library twice, and neither time did I manage to finish it before a) someone else requested it, or b) the library wouldn’t let me renew it any more times. There was something about reading this poetry collection that [...]
The density and depth and power of these poems is terrifying and wonderful.
It might be impossible to grasp Salah's dexterous linguistic plays, or structurally complex approach to discussing transsexuality, embodiment, and gender identity on just one read. Fortunately, that just means I'll have to acquire a copy and reread at leisure.
Okay so a fair bit of this was honestly totally over my head but most of it I really enjoyed, a certain working in/with/against language that resonated and a vast scope of body words family land and politics.
This was incredible. Absolutely demands re-reading (I got it from the library, but I've put it on a list to buy). I don't think I can even talk coherently about it - the deftness of language is stunning.
June 2 - I'm struggling with this one. At times, achingly beautiful. At others, bordering on incoherent (for me). I keep going.June 3 - Hysteria of Origins is a wonderful section.A book to return to, out of which to slowly draw more meaning.
This rating is much more a reflection of my poor ability to fully appreciate poetry than it is a judgment on the poems themselves.
her poetry is effortlessly dense and operates often on so many levels that I could only pull the vaguest sense from it. this is a collection that demands more than one reading
harm envelops asgender reconstitutesfertile graves of love
At times, absolutely inspiring and perfect. At others, I lose it.
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