Naming the Dawn

Abdourahman A. Waberi

Naming the Dawn

Abdourahman A. Waberi

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Nancy Naomi Carlson
96 pages | 5 x 8 1/2 | © 2018
Cloth $19.00 ISBN: 9780857425461 Will Publish March 2018 World sales rights except India
The poems in this new volume by Abdourahman A. Waberi are introspective and inquisitive, reflecting a deep spiritual bond—with words, with the history of Islam and its great poets, with the landscapes those poets walked, among which Waberi grew up. The sage yearns here for the simplicity of each individual moment to somehow become eternal, for the histories and people that are part of him—his mother, his wife, his unborn child, the sacred texts that ground his being—to come together harmoniously within him, and to emerge through his words. Lyrical and personal, but with powerful historical and cultural resonances, these poems are the work of a master at the height of his powers.
 
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Elera Bertho, Diacritick, on the French edition
“With Naming the Dawn, Abdourahman A. Waberi delivers a magnificent poetic art, where the deciphering of the poem—the patient rhythm of reading, listening to signs—is a discovery of self and sacred texts, and ultimately, of the religious spirit . . . Mingling indiscriminately poetic writing and reading of the sacred texts—of the Quran—the author proposes here a formidable plea in favor of tolerance and openness.”
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