Faculty Book: Ammiel Alcalay
from the warring factions
(Beyond Baroque Books, 2006; 2nd printing)
from the warring factions is a book-length poem in five parts dedicated to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica where some 7,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were massacred in 1995. Drawing on documentary sources, the themes of the poem are the relationship of memory to event, the ebb and flow of civilizations and empires, and the means of recording history. On a dizzying journey through time and place, we are brought to the Roman Empire, Native America, the Gulf War, and events in the former Yugoslavia. Accompanying the text is a long interview with the author conducted by the poet Benjamin Hollander. Ammiel Alcalay is a professor of English and comparative literature at Queens College and The Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: OCT 1, 2002