Poems by Hala Alyan
“A formidable volume: irreverent, clever, hyper-erudite and laugh-out-loud funny, with moments of arresting darkness and disturbing intensity to boot. . . Fierce originality, feeling and flair.” —Alex Rowell, NOW Lebanon
In her first full-length poetry collection, ATRIUM, Alyan traces lines of global issues in personal spaces with fervently original imagery and a fierce passion and intense intimacy that echoes long after initial reading. She transforms ancient mythology into modern day legend, taps into astrology and love with wild abandon, and anthropomorphizes cities and nations to bring the effects of war into crystal clear, heart-wrenching focus. Alyan was recently tapped as a finalist in the Nazim Himet Poetry Competition. In addition, ATRIUM was awarded to 2013 Arab-American Poetry Book of the Year by the Arab American National Museum. One of the poems included in this volume, “Maktoub,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Already in her young career, she has etched her mark on readers worldwide.
High Praise for ATRIUM by Hala Alyan:
“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
About Hala Alyan
Hala Alyan is a Palestinian-American poet who has lived in various cities in the Middle East and the United States. Currently, she resides in Brooklyn, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree in the field of psychology. Her stunning originality in her poetic work has been heard in performances worldwide. Her poem, “Maktoub,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012.