Fall/Winter 2014

Hala Alyan


I love the dusks of Abu
Dhabi, sky dappled like
fig flesh, that gentle
dying light. Wavering.
The magic of coals. My
body when you light it
like an orchard. The one
who filled a suitcase
with river and danced.
A word in Barcelona,
muffled soft as cashmere,
while rain falls and the
birds begin to wake.

Hala Alyan’s work has appeared in various journals including The Missouri Review, CALYX, and Third Coast. Her first full-length poetry collection, “Atrium,” published by Three Rooms Press in New York City, was recently awarded the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry. Her second collection, "Four Cities," is forthcoming by Black Lawrence Press in 2015.



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