Loss Sings

James Montgomery

Loss Sings

James Montgomery

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Translated by James Montgomery
40 pages | 12 color plates | 5 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2018
Paper $19.00 ISBN: 9781909631274 Will Publish March 2018 World sales rights except India
The seventh-century poet Tumadir, also known as al-Khansaʾ—a sobriquet that means “the Snub-nosed Gazelle doe”—survived both her brothers. Her poetic output consists of dirges for those dead brothers. In Loss Sings, James Montgomery translates a number of these dirges from the Arabic and weaves a cahier around them. Bringing this little-known ancient Arabic poet to contemporary readers for the first time, Montogomery intersperses personal and poignant observations throughout the collection as he explores related elements of death and loss. 

 
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