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The Ideal Library Symbolizes Everything a Society stands for. A Society Depends On Its Libraries To Know Who it Is, Because Libraries Are Societies Memory (A. Manguel). This Is My Attempt To Construct My Ideal library.

My Name on His Tongue: Poetry (Arab American Writing)

My Name on His Tongue: Poetry (Arab American Writing) - Laila Halaby Laila Halaby was born in Lebanon to a Jordanian father and American mother, she grew up mostly in Arizona. She is the author of two novels, West of Jordan (2003; winner of a Pen Beyond Margins Award) and Once in a Promised Land (2007). She holds an undergraduate degree in Italian and Arabic from Washington University (St Louis), she was also a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship for the study of Jordanian folklore, which resulted in a collection of Palestinian folktales for children. In addition, she also writes poetry which is highly personal, reflecting the disparity between the places and cultures she grew up within.In this, her first collection of poetry, she uses a narrative style to explore what it means to be an outsider within your own culture, of trying to navigate between the two identities of Arab and American, and how this reflects on her as as women and as a writer. The poems in this collection span about twenty years, giving it almost the appearance of a memoir, detailing the heartaches and struggles, the dilemmas that have confronted & puzzled her, the experiences that she faced as an individual viewed as “Arab” in a post 9/11 world with all the grief and anger, all the hope that things could be better / different that went with living through such times. “My name on his tongue”, is about identity; found or lost, is about relationships; those that made it and those that fell by the wayside, it’s about war & peace and the murky wasteland that divides the two. “My name on his tongue” is a beautiful lyrical reflection, that is both personal and political as are all stories that highlight an individual’s identity and how it relates to a geographical line on a map. After a reading by Khaled Mattawa (a Libyan poet living in the US).Your place in the world is solid my place in the world moves without ascheduleis based on mishapsunwanted affairspolitical discord my place driftsbetween Here and There West and Eastsometimes gets lodged In-Between my place is a Somewhere that cannot be foundon any mapwas detachedas I was Bornin a place that belonged to neither of my parents can’t be an immigrantif you haven’t left somewhere can’t be a nativeif you’re from somewhere else which is why I'mfluent in the language of exiled souls(Excerpt from: After a reading by Khaled Mattawa)http://parrishlantern.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/my-name-on-his-tongue-poems-laila-halaby.html