“Daily I sit / with the language / they’ve made / of our language / to NEUTRALIZE / the CAPABILITY OF LOW DOLLAR VALUE ITEMS / like you.” —Solmaz Sharif
In her award-winning debut collection Look (Graywolf Press), poet Solmaz Sharif uses the US Department of Defense’s Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms to create piercing poems that interrogate and redefine our relationship with language. What does it mean to speak of intimacy, perception, and memory in a language transformed by decades of sustained and depersonalized wars? Join us to explore the themes and craft of this timeless book.
The discussion will be led and moderated by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha.
Lena Khalaf Tuffaha is a poet, writer, and translator. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Chapbook Prize for Arab in Newsland, and the author of Water & Salt, a book of poems from Red Hen Press published in April 2017. She currently serves as Open Books’ inaugural Poet in Residence.