Louder Than Hearts: Poems by Zeina Hashem BeckLouder Than Hearts: Poems by Zeina Hashem Beck

Louder Than Hearts: Poems

byZeina Hashem Beck

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A contemporary woman makes complex negotiations with history and culture in a voice equally strong, discerning, God-soaked, and edgy—creating music out of personal longing and cultural tragedy. Hashem Beck’s poems offer a lens through which to see life in the Middle East. They are timeless explorations of love, loss, and the poet’s attempt to understand her own experience in the context of world events and the spiritual realities that permeate them.
ZEINA HASHEM BECK, a Lebanese poet, holds degrees in English literature from the American University of Beirut. Her collection To Live in Autumn won the 2013 Backwaters Prize. Her chapbook 3arabi Song won the 2016 Rattle Chapbook Prize. She has published in Ploughshares, Nimrod, Poetry Northwest, Mizna, Sukoon, Magma, and Mslexia, amon...
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Title:Louder Than Hearts: PoemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:112 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:April 4, 2017Publisher:Bauhan PublishingLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

A Note On Arabic Words And Transliteration
Broken Ghazal: Speak Arabic
1. Shafaq
I Dreamt We Threw Bread Crumbs
After The Explosions
Listen
You Fixed It
My Town
Ghazal: The Dead
Message From My Aunt On Her Son's Death Anniversary
Pizza With Lightbulb
zamto
Dismantling Grief
2. Ya'aburnee
Relentless
Thirty-Two And In A Different Country
Ya'aburnee
Tahtariq/Burning
And Still, The Sun
Terror/Mathematics
Inside Out
Ghazal: This Hijra
Ghazal: Back Home
Naming Things
3. Ahwak
Louder Than Hearts and Derbakkehs
The Woman In Our House
Wallada Bint Al-Mustakfi Speaks
Majnun
Ode To My Non-Arabic Lover
My Non-Arabic Lover And I Take The Train
Khandaq Mon Amour
4. Adhan
Maqam
Qudud Variations
This Country: Ghazal for Abdel Halim Hafez
Ghazal: Samira Tawfi Sings A Love Poem
Umm Kulthum Speaks
Messages in the Dark
Fi Yom Wi Leila
zarabi Song
Piano
Carioca
Body
Adhan
Notes
Acknowledgments

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A contemporary woman makes complex negotiations with history and culture in a voice equally strong, discerning, God-soaked, and edgy—creating music out of personal longing and cultural tragedy. Hashem Beck’s poems offer a lens through which to see life in the Middle East. They are timeless explorations of love, loss, and the poet’s attempt to understand her own experience in the context of world events and the spiritual realities that permeate them.“Zeina Hashem Beck’s Louder than Hearts, has it all—compelling language and a sense of moral gravitas, personal urgency and the ability to address a larger world with passion and artfulness. These poems are sensual and serious. They have grit and spirit, grief and music. They give us a contemporary woman making her complex negotiations with history and culture in a voice that is strong and discerning, God-soaked and edgy, able to carry both loss and beauty, to make music out of personal longing and cultural tragedy. By threading Arabic words throughout the book Beck creates a meditation on the possibilities and limitations of translation, cultural and linguistic. And yet, how clearly these poems speak to us all. Louder than Hearts is certainly timely in the way it provides a lens through which to see life in the Middle East, and hear the musical mix of English and Arabic. But the poems are also timeless explorations of love and loss, of an individual’s attempt to understand her own intimate experience within in the larger context of world events and the spiritual realities that permeate them.” - Betsy Sholl, 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize judge, and author of Otherwise Unseeable