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Poetry. "In his masterful fourth collection, Khaled Mattawa is concerned, above all, with the ramifications of a new global culture that most American poets have thus far ignored and neglected, partly out of incomprehension, partly out of fear. By setting himself against such timidity, Mattawa offers his most sustained and experimental reckoning with matters of cultural and social witness. TOCQUEVILLE is part personal lyric, part jeremiad, part shooting script, and part troubled homage to the great wry chronicler of American society evoked in the book's title. It is a book of relentless invention that is also relentlessly urgent and that is a very rare thing indeed. Khaled Mattawa is, quite simply, one of the finest, fiercest, and most original poets of his generation"--David Wojahn.
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Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya in 1964 and immigrated to the U.S. in his teens. He is the author of three previous books of poetry, Ismailia Eclipse (Sheep Meadow, 1995), Zodiac of Echoes (Ausable, 2003), and Amorisco (Ausable, 2008).Review:
“Khaled Mattawa’s Tocqueville is novelistic in its reach and depth. Of course, from the onset, the title insinuates audacity and scrutiny of history. The poet uses a nuts-and-bolts language to render an earthy sonority that unfolds through a collage of lyrical inferences, a film noir of images. Tocqueville is a tour de force. The book’s experimental rhythm and movement is surprising, but one feels that it isn’t experimental for the sake of mere difference or style. In fact, the collection’s clarity is almost spiritual. Tocqueville names the names, walks the walk, and definitely talks the talk. Here’s a book of marvelous poems for our times; its textured complexity radiates and sings.” (Yusef Komunyakaa)
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