Latest News
Home / News / Reviews / Dunya Mikhail: The modern Sappho of the Middle East

Dunya Mikhail: The modern Sappho of the Middle East

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/dunya-mikhail-modern-sappho-middle-east

 
https://www.theodysseyonline.com/

 
 

Dunya Mikhail: The Modern Sappho Of The Middle East

 

Last time we covered an author who is beloved by his native country, both old and young.

This time, we cover an author who is, well, when you have to leave the country you grew up in to escape a dictator who decided to put a literal target on your head, let’s just say you’re probably not going to have anime hunks that lonely college English majors salivate over in their dorm rooms made in your likeness nearly 70 years after your death.

Today on Moldy Used Books, we cover the poetry of Dunya Mikhail, the modern Sappho of the Middle East.

Mikhail recently published a book of poems entitled, “The Iraqi Nights,” which like the vast majority of her work, focuses on the war and strife that has plagued her country for thousands of years.

Mikhail has become more popular in the West as the United States has gotten further involved in Middle Eastern conflicts, especially in the post 9/11 years. She was interviewed on NPR in 2007, a few years after her previous book, “The War Works Hard,” came out. She has been published in the Poetry Foundation’s monthly literary magazine, which has an acceptance rate of less than one percent.

Most of her poems are mostly free-verse, but rely a lot on allusions to ancient folklore, concrete details, repetition and personification.

Mikhail’s title poem of her first major collection of poetry, “The War Works Hard,” uses just that to display the horrors of war. She personifies war as a “hard-working” individual who makes widows, orphans and graves, with a Jonathan Swift-like satirical tone.

 
Cover Image Credit: Poetry Foundation
 

 

About dunyapoet

12 comments

  1. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an impatience over that you wish be
    delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly very often inside case you
    shield this hike.

  2. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is so cool. I’m impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found just the info I already searched everywhere and just couldn’t come across. What a perfect web-site.

  3. I’ve read some good stuff here. Certainly worth bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to make such a excellent informative website.

  4. Thank you for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more clear from this post. I’m very glad to see such wonderful information being shared freely out there.

  5. Greetings from Colorado! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse your site on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, wonderful site!

  6. Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Thank you

  7. obviously like your web-site however you have to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling issues and I find it very bothersome to tell the reality nevertheless I will definitely come back again.

  8. Hi my loved one! I wish to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with approximately all significant infos. I’d like to look extra posts like this .

  9. Great wordpress blog here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like you! take care

  10. You made some really good points there. I checked on the web for additional information about the issue and found most individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  11. Im grateful for the blog article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  12. I just want to say I am new to blogging and site-building and honestly loved you’re web-site. Probably I’m planning to bookmark your blog post . You surely have terrific well written articles. Thanks for revealing your website page.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*