Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2019.
Forthcoming March 2019
How does one inhabit a world in which the moon and the drone hang in the same sky? How can one be at home in one’s own body in the presence of suspected autoimmune illness, chronic/recurrent pain, and a society that bears down with a particular construct of normal female sexual experience? What might a daughter salvage within a fraught relationship with a cancer-stricken father? Uncannily at ease with both high lyricism and formal innovation and invention, these poems are unafraid to lift up and investigate burdens and ruptures of all kinds–psychic, social, cultural, physical, and political.
Providing continuity over the poet’s visually-arresting forms–including Islam’s self-termed split sonnets, double sonnets, and parallel poems–is allied remembrance of the resilience of the Palestinian people. Yet, the work doesn’t always stray far from home, with a quintet of astro-poems that weave together myth and memory.