The Twenty-ninth Year

The Twenty-ninth Year

Poems

Book - 2019
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"This is the stuff of life, the very essence of the poetic." -LitHub

For Hala Alyan, twenty-nine is a year of transformation and upheaval, a year in which the past--memories of family members, old friends and past lovers, the heat of another land, another language, a different faith--winds itself around the present. Hala's ever-shifting, subversive verse sifts together and through different forms of forced displacement and the tolls they take on mind and body. Poems leap from war-torn cities in the Middle East, to an Oklahoma Olive Garden, a Brooklyn brownstone; from alcoholism to recovery; from a single woman to a wife. This collection summons breathtaking chaos, one that seeps into the bones of these odes, the shape of these elegies.

A vivid catalog of heartache, loneliness, love and joy, The Twenty-Ninth Year is an education in looking for home and self in the space between disparate identities.
Publisher: Boston :, Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2019, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781328511942
Branch Call Number: 811 ALY
Characteristics: ix, 83 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: 29th year

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