the magic my body becomes by Jess Rizkallah

the magic my body becomes

Winner, 2017 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize In the magic my body becomes, Jess Rizkallah seeks a vernacular for the inescapable middle ground of being Arab American—a space that she finds, at times, to be too Arab for America and too American for her Lebanese elders. The voice here freely asserts gender, sexuality, and religious beliefs, while at the same time it respects a generational divide: the younger’s privilege gained by the sacrifice of the ...

Details the magic my body becomes

Titlethe magic my body becomes
Release DateOct 1st, 2017
PublisherUniversity of Arkansas Press
GenrePoetry, Literary Fiction

Reviews the magic my body becomes

  • Trey
    "why are you closing the curtain let them stare""we are all silent in the wrong places."Jess Rizkallah conducts her words and ideas through this collection in a vulnerable and profound way. She at once invites you to find yourself in her words while also being very specific that this is her story. She is a Lebanese-American and the voice she gives to her heritage, family, and self is unique and one that I learned from. Writing, and poetry specifi...
  • Matt
    This is another one of those books that feels like it uses the slam poet form to present another ethnic category, this time Arab women, or to be more specific, Lebanese women. It's got poems spoken, aphoristically, by a poetically conceived grandmother, and poems about family and growing up and about being a modern woman. It's a collection that reaches to make connections to other women's cultural experience and to speak alongside them. But it ra...
  • Megan Willoughby
    A moving, deeply-felt meditation on Lebanese/immigrant/female identity, homeland, loss, and power. Rizkallah touches on the conflict of the diaspora...and how one's homeland flows through one's blood like a river - sometimes silent, sometimes deafening.
  • Sara Khayat
    As a fellow Lebanese American, I find this narrative to be essential.
  • Nour
    Absolutely striking.