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The Baboons of Hada

Length: 80 pages1 hour


Written over a period of 30 years, this precise and generous poetry opens with an exuberant bestiary of spiders, starfish, penguins, snakes, and contemplative baboons. The collection then moves on to explore a world of intricate wonders and memories: the grandeur of noses, the mayonnaise tornado whipped up by a kitchen whisk, and the gossip gravediggers whisper to the dead. Finally, the poet’s interest in classical Islam is invoked through the incorporation of a flamboyant, medieval caliph and the greatest of Arab poets, al-Mutanabbi.

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