Wanting in Arabic: Poems

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TSAR Publications, Jan 1, 2002 - Poetry - 90 pages
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Wanting in Arabic is a refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories. Concerned with not covering the tracks of her own metamorphosis, the author dwells in the contradictions of a transsexual poetics, in this attendand disfigurations of lyric, ghazal, l'ecriture feininine, and, in particular, her own sexed voice. Without a memory of her father's language, the questions her poems ask are those for a home known through photographs, for a language lost with childhood.

Braiding theoretical concerns with the ambivalences of sexed and raced identity, with profound romanticism, Wanting in Arabic attempts to travers the fantasies of foundational loss and aggressive nostalgia in order to further a poetics of a consious partiality of being, of generous struggle and comic rather than tragic misrecongition.

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Contents

PhoeniciaLebanon
3
Wanting in Arabic
7
Ghazals in Fugue
13
What Daphne wrote Georgia
19
Reading The Book of Suicides
21
Language Becoming a Girl
25
when there are three
27
in this reel July is humid
34
Fawn gets Orchid or either Fawn gets Orchid or i
39
wish fraud
43
Hysteria of Origins
45
Pandoras Machine
47
Tiresias Confession in the snow
49
Euridices face turning
51
Orpheus the Muses return
53
Sappho avers
55

where skin breaks
36
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About the author (2002)

Trish Salah's recent writing appears in the journals Eleven Eleven, Feminist Studies, Journal of Medical Humanities, No More Potlucks, and in the anthologies, Selling Sex, Fminismes lectriques, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Her research investigates the emergence of Transgender Minor/ity Literatures. Her first book, Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR in 2002 and launched in a new edition in 2013. She is co-editor of a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, focused on Trans* Cultural Production, out in 2014, as is her new book, Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1. She is currently assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.

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