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About the Creator and Performer

Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, in The New York Times, Guernica and elsewhere. Her poetry collections have won the Arab American Book Award and the Crab Orchard Series.

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I am going to have to listen again...

At first, I hated this. The author's voice grated on me. I was wishing she would have someone else read her work, or take turns reading with another poet. After a few poems in, I was able to mentally sync up with her rhythm and I could better appreciate her. At times I felt like she was chanting, like in an Eastern religious service. I need to read these poems on my own a few times and then listen again. The performance lends itself to modern interpretive dance, with the repeated phrases and enunciation. I hope the author does something similar with other poetry, but with percussionists and dancers. This is great material, amazing art, and it begs for collaboration.

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Inspiration that cuts you up and holds you tight.

Truly one of the beat audio books I’ve read all year. I’m so enamored and sharing with all my poetry friends rn.

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WOW! Well done!

One of the most profound works of poetry I’ve ever heard! Highly recommend to women seeking depth and words for life.

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I cannot find the words to describe this book. I just loved it very much and will probably listen to it several times :) thank you!

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Keep in library...

Raw, uncensored and emotional Slit throat and to the point, I absolutely love it Thank you Hala

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BEAUTIFUL

I listened to this and shared immediately. So powerful and raw. Loved every minute of it.

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Wow. Just Wow.

Wow, is all I can say. I felt like I was in a smoky hole in the wall bar in the East Village, listening to poetic justice. Will recommend this to all my friends.

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I don’t even like poetry but this is the best and most real since Alan Ginsberg

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Captivating!

A very riveting and captivating audiobook! I enjoyed the content and reading! Will recommend! Nice!

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Excellent!

Was hesitant after reading other reviews, but was pleasantly surprised. Thoroughly enjoyed the authors perspective and social commentary.

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