Blindfold

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 22, 2011 - Poetry - 106 pages
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A sense of exile and belonging dominates the poems, following the journey of a blind man whose life in his new land has been hampered by prejudice and barriers to communication. Exposing the rich and surprising possibilities of a life that has undergone a frightening transformation, Blindfold relates feelings of loss, displacement, and disorientation experienced not only by the disabled but by everyone who finds themselves separated from the norm. Silver Threads He recalls the absence of sound, the impossible silence the disappearance of light. He is only aware of the movement of his mother's hand inside her purse, looking for her handkerchief. He recalls her warning not to play with unknown objects the type that explode on impact. Later, he lies in the dark remembering how she pointed out the silver threads of the morning light just the day before and he sparkles with guilt.
 

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Contents

A Different World
3
Mediterranean Eyes
6
The Blind Shepherd
11
Call to Mind
13
Admitting the Light
15
Telling Her Stories
18
The Straw Chair
20
Uncle
22
Did Not Own Up
49
Beyond Belief
50
In the Metro
52
The Interview
55
The Curtains Down
57
Division of Labour
61
Etched on the Mind
64
FallingOut
65

Silver Threads
23
Wings
24
December 25th
25
The Intruder
26
A Sunday in June
28
Blindfold
29
The Cutting Edge
31
Surgery
33
Ultimate
35
Anticipation
36
A Shot in the Paper
38
Reflections
39
Booting the PC
45
Confined Kisses
47
Black Hole
67
Eggs
71
Morning Coffee
74
Oblivious
76
At FiftyFive
78
Passing Desires
80
Repudiation
82
Second Hand Love
84
Short of History
87
Waiting
89
Casual Hand Shake
90
We Only Meet in a Poem Now
93
Acknowledgments
97
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John Mikhail Asfour is a translator and former professor of literature. The editor of the landmark anthology When the Words Burn: An Anthology of Modern Arabic Poetry, he has written four previous books of poems.

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