The Earth in the Attic
A Palestinian-American doctor treats big themes — war, death, religion — on an intimate scale.
”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.”
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+