- “These are poems of exceptionally real human and political consequence, filled with news that the news does not speak. Khaled Mattawa’s Fugitive Atlas is a work of uncommon, poignant character, of resonance and depth.”—Alberto Ríos
we have after
born here sea
at night we at
watch them sea
to learn under
from their the
With extraordinary formal virtuosity and global scope, these poems turn not to lament for those regions charted as theaters of exploitation and environmental malpractice but to a poignant amplification of the lives, dreams, and families that exist within them. In this exquisite collection, Mattawa asks how we are expected to endure our times, how we inherit the journeys of our ancestors, and how we let loose those we love into an unpredictable world.
Graywolf Literary Salon: Conversations from Home
Step inside the world of books and get a view straight from the desks of our authors and editors. Join Graywolf Press and four of our outstanding writers as they welcome us into their homes for an evening of conversations about place and imagination during this unprecedented moment in history.
The Graywolf Literary Salon will feature Natalie Diaz (Postcolonial Love Poem), Roy G. Guzmán (Catrachos), Khaled Mattawa (Fugitive Atlas), and Kevin Young (Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts & Fake News).
Admission is free, but we encourage you to give a donation of $25 or more to support Graywolf Press. All proceeds benefit Graywolf's New Chapter Campaign, a $3 million initiative to strengthen our publishing program through investments in editorial, marketing, audience development, engagement, and infrastructure.
- “Fiercely principled and faithful to a revelatory wildness of mind. . . . Fugitive Atlas arrives with an embodied sense of spiritual purpose unlike any collection of poetry I have recently encountered.”—Major Jackson
- “Khaled Mattawa’s arresting, dynamic new collection, Fugitive Atlas, maps and confronts the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the global refugee crisis through a wide range of speakers and rich braiding of forms, and the urgency of scope expands to include all of us.”—Arthur Sze
- “Khaled Mattawa is a master. How do his poems sear and soothe, so brilliantly, at once? He voyages in the realms of the unspeakable and speaks for us all.”—Naomi Shihab Nye
- “Khaled Mattawa’s Fugitive Atlas is astonishing. It would be a standout book of poetry for any generation, and it is much more. . . . No book by anyone in any genre I can think of gets at this regional and global tragedy as this book does—from the conflicted inside.”—William Olsen