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Tocqueville
Khaled Mattawa



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2010 • 71 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-90-6



“Mattawa's Tocqueville is not a mere revision of that historical document, but poetry based on motion, where narrative doesn't contrust a story — it is more... [continued in Reviews below]”—Fady Joudah, Ploughshares

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“Mattawa's Tocqueville is not a mere revision of that historical document, but poetry based on motion, where narrative doesn't contrust a story — it is more a screenplay that metamorphoses into a democratic account, a lyric slide show that disrupts conventional time into 'the befores that follow the first before.'”—Fady Joudah, Ploughshares

“Khaled Mattawa’s Tocqueville is novelistic in its reach and depth. Of course, from the onset, the title insinuates audacity and scrutiny of history. The poet uses a nuts-and-bolts language to render an earthy sonority that unfolds through a collage of lyrical inferences, a film noir of images. Tocqueville is a tour de force. The book’s experimental rhythm and movement is surprising, but one feels that it isn’t experimental for the sake of mere difference or style. In fact, the collection’s clarity is almost spiritual. Tocqueville names the names, walks the walk, and definitely talks the talk. Here’s a book of marvelous poems for our times; its textured complexity radiates and sings.”—Yusef Komunyakaa



KHALED MATTAWA was born in Benghazi, Libya in 1964 and immigrated to the U.S. in his teens. He is the author of three previous books of poetry, Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow, 1995), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 2003), and Amorisco (Ausable, 2008). Mattawa has translated eight volumes of contemporary Arabic poetry and co-edited two anthologies of Arab American literature. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship, an NEA translation grant, the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, the PEN American Center Poetry Translation Prize, and three Pushcart Prizes. Mattawa teaches in the MFA (Creative Writing) Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.



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