Customs : poems / Solmaz Sharif.
- ISBN: 9781644450796
- ISBN: 1644450798
- Physical Description: 86 pages ; 21 cm.
- Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, 
- Copyright: ℗♭2022.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
America -- Dear Aleph, -- Beauty -- Self-care -- Social skills training -- Dear Aleph, -- Visa -- Persistence of vision: Gwendolyn Brooks -- Planetarium -- Now what -- Persistence of vision: televised confession -- He, too -- Dear Aleph, -- Learning Persian -- Patronage -- Into English -- The end of exile -- Without which -- The master's house -- Does yours have a landscape? -- An otherwise.
"In Customs, Solmaz Sharif examines what it means to exist in the nowhere of the arrivals terminal, a continual series of checkpoints, officers, searches, and questionings that become a relentless experience of America. With resignation and austerity, these poems trace a pointed indoctrination to the customs of the nation-state and the English language, and the realities they impose upon the imagination, the paces they put us through. While Sharif critiques the culture of performed social skills and poetry itself--its foreclosures, affects, successes--she begins to write her way out to the other side of acceptability and toward freedom. Customs is a brilliant, excoriating new collection by a poet whose unfolding works are among the groundbreaking literature of our time"-- Provided by publisher.
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|Subject:||American poetry > 21st century.