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Dunya Mikhail
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“Mikhail has created a searing portrait of courage, humanity and savagery, told in a mosaic of voices.”
New York Times Book Review, Deborah Campbell 


“This book makes a sound, and it should be a loud one.”
The Guardian, Peter Stanford
“The Beekeeper is a brutally important, electrifying, and lyrical true story.”
Foreword, Paige Van De Winkle
  “It’s a remarkable, winding work that ascends into dream visions and crawls through gory particulars of war. A child’s perspective mingles freely with the poet’s mature voice, both baffled by the paradoxes of so much beauty and so much destruction.”

 The Washington Post, Ron Charles

“Stark and poignant, Mikhail’s poems give voice to an often buried, glossed-over or spun grief.”

Publishers Weekly

  “Powerful, urgent.”

Kirkus Review

“Mikhail’s work is emotionally uplifting. Her style mentions an impressive fragility and delicacy of image that touches the reader’s heart. Indeed, her trademark utmost lucidity of picture is tinged by a radiance of tone that we feel unmistakably spills over from the original language.”

American Poetry Review, Laurence Lieberman 


[Mikhail is] a poet who can take a subject as difficult as the death of a child and write, counter to the human-interest story or sound bite, a poem that will outlast the exigencies of the present.”

 Boston Review, Susan Barba

“Mikhail’s poetry- so pure and beautiful- is the best of her generation.”

Fadhil Al-Azzawi, Iraqi poet



  “Shakespeare would have enjoyed the poetry of Dunya Mikhail who has spoken of love as a response to a war-torn world – an aesthetic, a value, and a practice.”

 The Christian Science Monitor, Elizabeth Toohey,


“Dunya Mikhail combines the authenticity of witness to global events with the essential poetic virtue of wit.”

New Letters, Robert Stewart 




[Mikhail’s] poem will tell you more than any film clips, news stories or books about Middle Eastern battles.”

Phoebe Pettingell, The New Leader


“There is no current voice that speaks on war through poetry more candidly, effectively, and beautifully than Dunya Mikhail.”

 Parkview magazine, Ronald Grant




“Mikhail has impressively renovated the genre of the war poem in modern Arabic poetry by boldly introducing new techniques with a new vision.”

Saadi Simawe, Iraqi writer