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The Earth in the Attic - Joudah, Fady; Glück, Louise - Yale University Press
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Yale Series of Younger Poets

The Earth in the Attic

  • Fady Joudah; Foreword by Louise Glück
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Finalist for the 2008 Book of the Year Award, presented by ForeWord magazine.

Click here to listen to Fady Joudah read "In the Calm" from his poem, "Pulse."

Fady Joudah’s The Earth in the Attic is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. In his poems Joudah explores big themes—identity, war, religion, what we hold in common—while never losing sight of the quotidian, the specific. Contest judge Louise Glück describes the poet in her Foreword as “that strange animal, the lyric poet in whom circumstance and profession . . . have compelled obsession with large social contexts and grave national dilemmas.” She finds in his poetry an incantatory quality and concludes, “These are small poems, many of them, but the grandeur of conception is inescapable. The Earth in the Attic is varied, coherent, fierce, tender; impossible to put down, impossible to forget.”

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American medical doctor and a field member of Doctors Without Borders since 2001. He lives in Houston, TX. He is also the translator of Mahmoud Darwish’s recent poetry The Butterfly’s Burden.

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