In Her Feminine Sign

In Her Feminine Sign

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A Poetry Book Society Autumn 2019 Wild Card Selection

At the heart of In Her Feminine Sign, Dunya Mikhail's luminous new collection of poems, is the Arabic suffix taamarbuta, `the tied circle' - a circle with two dots above it that indicates a feminine word, or sign. This tied circle transforms into the moon, a stone that binds friendship, birdsong over ruins, and a hymn to Nisaba, the goddess of writing. With a deceptive simplicity and disquieting humour reminiscent of Wislawa Szymborska, and a lyricism wholly her own, Mikhail slips between her childhood in Baghdad and her present life in Detroit, between Ground Zero and a mass grave, tracing new circles of light.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 135 x 216 x 7mm | 116g
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1784108537
  • 9781784108533
  • 1,012,020

Review quote

'terse, unadorned, stripped and ironic... her voice is the inescapable voice of Arab poetry today.' - Pierre Joris
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About Dunya Mikhail

Dunya Mikhail was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States thirty years later in 1995. After graduating from the University of Baghdad, she worked as a journalist and translator for the Baghdad Observer. Facing censorship and interrogation, she left Iraq, first to Jordan and then to America, settling in Detroit. New Directions published her books The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq, The Iraqi Nights, Diary of A Wave Outside the Sea and The War Works Hard - chosen as one the New York Public Library's Books to Remember in 2005 - as well as her edited volume, 15 Iraqi Poets. She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Knights Foundation grant, a Kresge Fellowship, and the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing, and works as a special lecturer of Arabic at Oakland University in Michigan.
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