- Paperback: 102 pages
- Publisher: Cypher Books; Pap/Com edition (October 15, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981913105
- ISBN-13: 978-0981913100
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,700,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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ZaatarDiva Paperback – October 15, 2008
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For the elegantly beautiful Suheir Hammad, a Palestinian from Brooklyn with formidable lyrical gifts and a distaste for always being seen as the exotic, lovemaking is continually disrupted by flashing thoughts of the traumatic events and brutality unfolding around the globe. --Chicago Sun Times
Suheir Hammad knows the sight and smell of war first hand as she recites "Daddy's Song." Her physical beauty and gracefulness pulls you into her quiet storm as it rips your mind open to the stew she's brewing. Her thoughts are poetic, but her message is beyond real. --San Francisco Bay View
ZaatarDiva summons through moments of lyrical insight and urbane wit, again and again, and before we know what has happened, we are hooked. Here's a poetry that urges a wholeness - a crossing of borders - as the personal is woven into the public, whereby a 'prodigal daughter' possesses her own knowing voice. Each poem in ZaatarDiva is heart-driven by the urgent, raw orality of need. And, there is a glistening barb in each turn of phrase - a lure of quicksilver accuracy. --Yusef Komunyakaa
About the Author
Suheir Hammad s work has appeared in over a dozen anthologies and numerous publications. Her own books are Born Palestinian, Born Black and Drops of This Story, both published by Harlem River Press. Suheir has won several awards for her writing, including The Audre Lorde Poetry Award, a Van Lier Fellowship, and a Sister of Fire Award. She is co-writer and original cast member in the Tony-award winning Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.
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This is just what I found from looking up one word,chiffon. As I looked up other words, I got it. The word "mama sweet baklava" is beautiful in itself and takes on deep meaning. I love this book, and it is a keeper, one that I will read again and again from time to time. I look forward to hear more from and about this author.
I know Suheir's voice. It commands me to listen. Never mind owning the stage, she owns the whole damn building. Powerful, beautiful, emotional and moving are words that, to me, describe both Ms. Hammad AND her poetry. She's so talented she makes me want to not only write more, but write better.
This book cannot get here soon enough.
--From the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, April 2006 Issue.