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Ismailia Eclipse: Poems


Khaled Mattawa
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Khaled Mattawa is unique among poets writing in English. Mattawa emigrated to the United States in 1979, at age 15, after spending his childhood in Libya. Separated from his Libyan parents and family, introduced to the United States and educated in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Indiana, Mattawa writes in English, his life and poetry inseparably rooted in both Arab and U.S. cultures. It would be an oversimplification to say that Ismailia Eclipse, a first book, joins the literature of exiled poets. It would be closer to the truth to observe that he has something in common with certain of the Jewish poets who wrote in Arabic in Muslim Medieval Spain, although Mattawa is secular and his longings mostly sensual. It is the revelation of poetic truth that is central to this book with its double vision of the Arab and American worlds, eclipsing and revealing one another. -- Stanley Moss

Khaled Mattawa's Ismailia Eclipse filters beautiful and terrifying images through multiple lenses that mystify and clarify. Because of Mattawa's unique subject matter and lyricism, no other young voice can eclipse his. He speaks from a place fortified with experience and imagination, and the reader is taken on a journey that challenges and humanizes. -- Yusef Komunyakaa


poetry, Libyan-American

All recent publications by Khaled Mattawa

  • Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet’s Art and His Nation
  • Tocqueville
  • Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems of Amjad Nasser
  • A Red Cherry on a White-tiled Floor
  • Amorisco
  • Invitation to a Secret Feast
  • These Are Not Oranges, My Love
  • Ismailia Eclipse: Poems

All publications by Khaled Mattawa


Mahmoud Darwish: The Poet's Arts and His Nation (Syracuse University Press), 2014.

Books of Poetry:

Tocqueville (New Issues), 2010;

Amorisco (Ausable Press), 2008;
Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable Press) 2003;
Ismailia Eclipse (The Sheep Meadow Press) 1995.

Poetry in Translation:
Selected Poems, Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said), (Yale University Press), 2010.
Shepherd of Solitude: Selected Poems of Amjad Nasser (Banipal Books, U.K.) 2009);
These Are Not Oranges, My Love: Selected Poems of Iman Mersal (The Sheep Meadow Press), 2008;

Invitation to A Secret Feast: Selected Poems of Joumana Haddad (Tupelo Press), 2008;
A Red Cherry on A White-Tile Floor, poems by Maram Al-Massri (Copper Canyon) 2007;
Miracle Maker, Selected Poems of Fadhil Al-Azzawi (BOA Editions) 2004;
Without An Alphabet, Without A Face: Selected Poems of Saadi Youssef (Graywolf Press), 2002;
In Every Well A Joseph Is Weeping, Poems of Fadhil al-Azzawi (Quarterly Review of Books), 1997;
Questions and Their Retinue: Selected Poems of Hatif Janabi (University of Arkansas Press), 1996.

Anthologies of Arab American Literature:
Dinarzad's Children: An Anthology of Arab American Fiction (University of Arkansas Press), 2004, second edition 2009;
Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing (Syracuse University Press), 1999.

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