Nettles: Poems; Venus Khoury-Ghata

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The new collection by the Lebanese poet Vénus Khoury-Ghata, the author of She Says, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

it could only have been elsewhere
the sun's anger overturned the country
men who came from the wounded side of the river knocked
on our borders
I say men so as not to say locusts
—from "Nettles"

In Nettles, Vénus Khoury-Ghata brings her impulses for lyric poetry and for stark narrative together into four enchanting sequences. Each confronts the realities of womanhood, immigration, and cultural conflict with an imagination and history born from both the Arabic and French languages. Masterfully translated by
Marilyn Hacker, Nettles gives American readers this utterly original, indispensable poetry.

January 8, 2007
About the Author
Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist, resident in France since 1973. Her work has been translated into Arabic, Dutch, German, Italian and Russian, and she was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000.

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