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Must-Read Poetry: July 2019

Here are five notable books of poetry publishing in July.

In Her Feminine Sign by Dunya Mikhail

In her note to this collection, Mikhail explains that she drafted these poems “from right to left and from left to right, in Arabic and in English. I didn’t translate them; I only wrote them twice.” Each text, then, is “born on the tip of another tongue”; an original creation that carries a shadow. Her title is developed in the book’s first poem: in Arabic, “Feminine words are followed / by a circle with two dots over it. / They call this symbol , / knotted with wishes / which come true only

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