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Invasive species
Marwa Helal

Not yet released.
Publication date: December 11, 2018



Nightboat
2018 • 96 pp. 7 x 9"
Poetry

$16.95 Paperback, 978-1-937658-93-9



A vernacular debut that uncompromisingly journeys towards its sole destination: the decolonization of the imagination

In Invasive species, Marwa Helal’s searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathways for empathy, etching themselves into memory. This work centers on urgent themes in our cultural landscape, creating space for unseen victims of discriminatory foreign (read: immigration) policy: migrants, refugees—the displaced. Helal transfers lived experiences of dislocation and relocation onto the reader by obscuring borders through language.

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“Marwa’s poems energize through their daring intelligence, their subversion of scripts. This extraordinary work never lets us rest in complacent reading; they teach us how to read them by refusing language’s imperialistic nature through swerves, reversals, code-switching, code formation, and formal innovations. An electrifying, wildly inventive work.” —Jenny Xie



MARWA HELAL is the author of the chapbook I Am Made To Leave I Am Made To Return and winner of BOMB Magazine’s Biennial Contest. Born in Al Mansurah, Egypt, Helal currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.



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