Faculty Book: Ammiel Alcalay
from the warring factions, 2nd ed.
(re:public/UpSet Press, 2012)
The second edition of from the warring factions brings back into print Alcalay’s book-length poem dedicated to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, site of the massacre of some seven thousand Muslim men and boys in 1995. This daring blend of lyric and document remaps the world we inherit, from native New England to the Roman Empire, from the Gulf War to Palestine and the Balkans. In her new introduction, Diane di Prima writes, “This book forced me to redefine my life.” Edited by Fred Dewey and accompanied by an extensive discussion between Alcalay and poet Benjamin Hollander, as well as a new preface by the author, this edition brings an essential text of the post–9/11 world back into the conversation. Alcalay serves as professor of comparative literature, English, and Middle Eastern studies at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: NOV 5, 2012