Lives of Rain, The
6" x 9" • 208 pages
ISBN 9781566566025 • paperback • $15.00
"In The Lives of Rain, Nathalie Handal has brought forth a work of radical displacement and uncertainty, moving continent to continent, giving voice to Palestinians of the diaspora in the utterance of one fiercely awake and compassionate, who, against warfare, occupation and brutality offers her native language, olives, wind, a herd of sheep or a burning mountain, radio music, a butterfly’s gaze...Handal is a poet of deftly considered paradoxes and reversals, sensory evocations and mysteries left beautifully unresolved. Hers is a language seared by history and marked by the impress of extremity; so it is suffused with a rare species of wisdom." –From the Foreword by Carolyn Forché
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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