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Neverfield, The
Poem
Nathalie Handal

6" x 9" • 64 pages
ISBN 9781566565950 • paperback • $12.00

"The Neverfield is a work which insists on itself. It is poetry of a shining quality from a poet whose voice is sure and unafraid." –Lucille Clifton

"The Neverfield poem is an epic journey, a passionate search for beauty and truth. If beauty is truth, and truth is beauty, the poems in this volume lead us once again to that realization. The Neverfield is an enchanting work, sharing with us a poet's true vision." –Rudolfo Anaya

"Nathalie Handal's poems in her collection The Neverfield Poem are wide as breath, lyrically linked as an elegantly stiched Palestinian bodice, and dreamily, deeply evocative as the stories that never leave us from the first time we hear them." –Naomi Shihab Nye

"Nathalie...does find her homeland and her self in the kingdom of the word, to which she longs and belongs." –World Literature

"The Neverfield Poem ...unfolds, revealing a landscape as complex and as singular as breath."
–Aljadid

"the yellow branch kneeled in front of my crying feet,/ the field's elevating fingers seized the sunlight, nothing else existed but yellow/ yellow/ was I ever to see more?" –Excerpted from The Neverfield

An emerging young talent in the field of poetry and culture, Nathalie Handal, a French-American poet of Palestinian descent, writes with great passion and eloquence on the subjects of displacement, diaspora, and the search for cross-cultural identity.


Nathalie Handal has lived in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East. Poet, playwright, writer, editor, critic and literary activist, she finished her postgraduate studies in English and Drama at University of London, her MFA in Creative Writing and Literature at Bennington College, Vermont, her Master of Arts in English and her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Communications at Simmons College, Boston. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies and she is the editor of The Poetry of Arab Women: A Contemporary Anthology (Interlink, 2000), an Academy of American Poets bestseller and winner of the 2002 Pen Oakland/Josephine Miles Book Award. She has recently recorded Traveling Rooms, a CD of her poetry with improvisational music by Vladimir Miller and Alexandr Alexandrov (ASC Records, 1999). She teaches at Columbia University.

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