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Book Title

Customs

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Poems
Author 1
Solmaz Sharif
Poem Excerpt
I said what I meant
but I said it

in velvet. I said it in feathers.
And so one poet reminded me

Remember what you are to them.

Poodle, I said.

And remember what they are to you.

Meat.

—from “Patronage”
Body
In Customs, Solmaz Sharif examines what it means to exist in the nowhere of the arrivals terminal, a continual series of checkpoints, officers, searches, and questionings that become a relentless experience of America. With resignation and austerity, these poems trace a pointed indoctrination to the customs of the nation-state and the English language, and the realities they impose upon the imagination, the paces they put us through. While Sharif critiques the culture of performed social skills and poetry itself—its foreclosures, affects, successes—she begins to write her way out to the other side of acceptability and toward freedom.

Customs is a brilliant, excoriating new collection by a poet whose unfolding works are among the groundbreaking literature of our time.

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$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-079-6
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
72
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
The devastating second collection by Solmaz Sharif, author of Look, a finalist for the National Book Award

About the Author

Solmaz Sharif is the author of Look. She has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. Her poetry has appeared in Granta, the New Republic, and Poetry. She is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

https://solmazsharif.com/
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