“Hala Alyan’s poems go after the sensual, to find the erotics in displacement, in memory, in the new land.” —Ilya Kaminsky
“Don’t miss the dazzling Hala Alyan. Wow. When she says ‘the poetry like a spear,’ she isn’t kidding.” —Naomi Shihab Nye
“Hala Alyan’s poems startle us with their beautiful, enigmatic images and capture us with their passionate engagement with the world. A powerful debut.” —Chitra Divakaruni
“For all the stunning angularity in this vision, we do not doubt that what we are seeing and sensing here is a surprising, sharp-edged sense of the real, of a world that had been there all along, just waiting for this poet and these poems to reveal. Start to finish, these poems convey a singular vision and represent an important new voice in the international poetry arena.” —Fred Marchant
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Missouri Review, Columbia Poetry Review, and Prairie Schooner. She is a clinical pyschologist and resides in Manhattan.
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