9th Ave: Lubna Safi with Nathalie Khankan

Friday, September 16, 2022 - 7:00pm


Join us on Friday, September 16 at 7pm PT when Lubna Safi celebrates her collection, YOUR BLUE AND THE QUIET LAMENT, alongside Nathalie Khankan at 9th Ave!

Masks and Proof of Vaccination Required 

An audio recording of this event will be available at a later date on our YouTube page for those unable to attend in-person
 

About Your Blue and the Quiet Lament
Your Blue and the Quiet Lament records the textures of grief after a cousin's murder at the hands of the Syrian state reaches the poet through a long-distance phone call. The poems trace a narrative of arrest, imprisonment, and torture in Syria and interweave the difficulties a family experiences in the diaspora.

Shifting between the death of poet Federico GarcIa Lorca and that of her cousin, Lubna's poetry contends with personal loss by distancing the meaning of one death through the intermediary of another. Yet the distortion of distance is already there--in the language, in the geographic space, in time, in the grief itself--tinged with blue.

As she recalls childhood memories and imagines conversations with her dead cousin, Lubna's poetry whispers, calls out, sings, laments, pens letters, photographs, sketches, paints, and prays in an attempt to exhaust grief.

About Lubna Safi
Lubna Safi was born in Detroit and grew up in the Midwest. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with poetry, Lubna also writes fiction, literary criticism, and lyric essays. Your Blue and the Quiet Lament is her debut poetry collection.

About Nathalie Khankan
Nathalie Khankan is the author of QUIET ORIENT RIOT published by Omnidawn, recipient of the 2021 California Book Award in poetry. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, she was founding director of The Danish House in Palestine, and is now a Continuing Lecturer, teaching Arabic language and literature, in the Department of Middle East Languages and Cultures at UC Berkeley. Straddling Syrian, Finnish, Danish, and Palestinian homes and hemispheres, she now lives in San Francisco.

Your Blue and the Quiet Lament: Poems By Lubna Safi, Rachel Mennies (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lubna Safi, Rachel Mennies (Foreword by)
$21.95
ISBN: 9781682831397
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Published: Texas Tech University Press - August 2nd, 2022

Your Blue and the Quiet Lament records the textures of grief after a cousin's murder at the hands of the Syrian state reaches the poet through a long-distance phone call. The poems trace a narrative of arrest, imprisonment, and torture in Syria and interweave the difficulties a family experiences in the diaspora.


Quiet Orient Riot By Nathalie Khankan Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781632430830
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Published: Omnidawn - November 7th, 2020

Quiet Orient Riot is an exploration of the tendons of motherhood, its mutinies and munificences. It is also a book of births and the politics of birth-regimes. Recounting a journey to bear a Palestinian child in the occupied Palestinian territory, the poems conjure up maternity as forecast, tally, weapon; its many filtrations through liturgical command and demographic anxiety.


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