In a Homeland Not Far by Yahya Frederickson

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In a Homeland Not Far by Yahya Frederickson

17.95

Silver Concho Poetry Series

ISBN 978-1-941209-54-7

9 x 6 paperback, 132 pages

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Praise for In a Homeland Not Far: New & Selected Poems

In a Homeland Not Far is a marvelous travelogue through places where one would hardly venture now . . .Yemen, Syria, Nigeria, Ethiopia . . . but places and people seen here in warm detail of the everyday before the misrule of violence. Frederickson's narrative moves with delightful lyric grace, as if William Carlos Williams had somehow been transported to Arab deserts and towns.

— John Balaban, author of Path, Crooked Path

 

Yahya Frederickson dares again and again to step into minefields of misinterpretation where unwitting representatives of the powerful and the subdued are supposed to exchange pleasantries of co-optation in the name of world order and cultural independence. The scenes that ensue are not without humor or confusion, but it is the job of the poet to break such dehumanizing performances of difference to reach for the inviolably mutual between us. Frederickson delivers on his ambitious humanist quest with lyrical verve, narrative mastery and numerous spiritual and psychological insights. The poems of In a Homeland Not Far are songs of “hijrah” and “hopeful hill” that make new inroads into empathy and self-awareness. They are songs from the heart of an open and generous spirit, beautifully sung.

— Khaled Mattawa, author of Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation