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The Earth in the Attic

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The Earth in the Attic

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Fady Joudah
publisher:
Yale University Press
genre:
Poetry, Fiction

We gave it a B+

A Palestinian-American doctor treats big themes — war, death, religion — on an intimate scale.

Sample Verse
”Halimah’s mother did not seem aware Halimah was dying./You should have seen Halimah fight her airlessness/Tzwisting around for a comfortable spot in the world.”

Bottom Line
Some poems in The Earth in the Attic read like reportage, but Fady Joudah’s best work uses his gift for detail to achieve a clear-eyed lyricism. B+