The Moral Judgement of Butterflies

The Moral Judgement of Butterflies

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The Moral Judgement of Butterflies is the award winning debut poetry collection by K.Eltinae. These poignant poems serve as a survival manifesto for physical & psychological trauma touching upon over twenty years of curated soul work on the immigrant experience. These poems move both towards and away from home recounting an ever-present exile in the wake of displacement delivered with universal empathy,the narrator's hope emanates even from the nadir of his layered struggles living as an African immigrant in Europe.
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  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 6.6mm | 131.54g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1913606872
  • 9781913606879

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"Sudanese poet of Nubian descent, K. Eltinae sings the wind-blown migratory patterns of people, languages, and selves, as they try to rewrite the word for home..Between languages and worlds sometimes feels like a no-man's-land, but sometimes it's the place where a poet is born. "The Moral Judgement of Butterflies" deftly writes that hovering homeplace, awash in languages and dreams "about hands at night curved around a pen, / dream about what currencies I've been." -Philip Metres, author of Shrapnel Maps & Sand Opera; "K. Eltinae is a diviner capable of alchemy. 'The Moral Judgement of Butterflies' is the work of an artist who has touched fire and emerged with survival scripts worthy of libation. This is poetry as a life-saving instrument. This is poetry that matters."-Diriye Osman, author of Fairytales for Lost Children; "In this salient collection K.Eltinae crafts a set of interconnected diasporic weavings that thread together the fragments of longing and belonging. There is a delicate lyricism and considered exploration throughout these poems that probe loss, not simply as a thing once had, but as a part of the human condition and the migratory reality of post-colonial Africans everywhere. Eltinae's poems pull the reader into the inner-life of the poet and those who populate his world as a way for us to reimagine our own place in a relational revelation. This is a striking and necessary debut that reminds us we can make our world anew." -Matthew Shenoda, author of Tahrir Suite ; "a book where the urgency of escape enters the lyric to become a music that is both new and ages-old song of defiance. This work's belief that "kindness exists despite / being quarantined on planes before arriving to your lands, / despite being interrogated," its belief in the possibility of healing "the cache of cities / built beneath our tongues" -- is necessary. Out of hurt comes music that's unrelenting and is here to stay. "I crawl into boxes / leave fingerprints // before I show you wings." Wings, indeed. This is a book of wings that we need and must give airspace to. Because they are inimitable and beautiful." - Ilya Kaminsky, author of Deaf Republic and Dancing in Odessa.
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About K. Eltinae

K.Eltinae is a Sudanese poet of Nubian descent, raised internationally as a third culture kid. His work has been translated into Arabic, Greek, Farsi, Spanish and French and has appeared in World Literature Today, The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Many Muslim Worlds (Penguin), The African American Review, About Place Journal, New Contrast, Muftah, among others. He currently resides in Granada, Spain. More of his work can be found at:
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