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Hijra
by Hala Alyan
Southern Illinois University Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8093-3541-1 | Paper: 978-0-8093-3540-4
Library of Congress Classification PS3601.L92A6 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
In her third poetry collection, Hijra, Hala Alyan creates poems of migration and flight reflecting and bearing witness to the haunting particulars in her transnational journey as well as those of her mother, her aunts, and the female ancestors in Gaza and Syria.
 
The reader sees war, diaspora, and immigration, and hears the marginalized voices of women of color. The poems use lyrical diction and striking imagery to evoke the weight of an emotional and visceral journey. They grow and build in length and form, reflecting the gains the women in the poems make in re-creating selfhood through endurance and strength.
 
In prose, narrative, and confessional-style poems, Alyan reflects on how physical space is refashioned, transmitted, and remembered. Her voice is distinct, fresh, relevant, and welcoming.

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