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heft by Doyali Islam
Mar 26, 2019 | 120 Pages
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heft deftly encompasses both personal and political through [Doyali Islam’s] innovative use of a bifurcated poem. Is it two wings built around a white silence? The scales of the balance of justice? The border between self and other? We enter each poem as if into an unknown world, already populated, but ready to welcome us. Come and sit inside these wings.” –Philip Metres

“Islam’s distilled, intricate poems are packed with striking images and associative leaps; she writes of a cat ‘bent after new thought’—a phrase that fits her poetic method, which is formally inventive . . . Having a burden is also a frequent motif; the grain of rice an ant carries is ‘something to heft, heft for nourishment; / something to pain him and free him, at once’—in other words, a metaphor for life itself.” —Toronto Star

heft is permeated with tenderness—the poems deepen our humanity. How does language achieve something as physical as empathy? That language can achieve this is a kind of mystery, and beauty is inextricable from this mystery.” —Anne Michaels, CV2

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