Immigration

In the Architecture of Bone

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In the Architecture of Bone
Alan Semerdjian

GenPop Books, 2009
ISBN: 9780982359402
Poetry | 6″x8″, 120 pages, trade paperback

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Alan Semerdjian’s In the Architecture of Bone reads like a long poem cycle that pulls the reader into an open field in which Semerdjian weaves his explorations of language and art, Armenian history and family. These dynamic poems mingle the ghosts of the past with the pace of contemporary life. This talented, young poet is well worth your reading.

—Peter Balakian

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Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants

Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants
Elena Georgiou

Harbor Mountain Press, 2009
ISBN 9780981556024
Poetry, 5″x8″, 88 pages, trade paperback

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Award-winning poet Elena Georgiou’s second collection, Rhapsody of the Naked Immigrants, prompts us to look beyond the question, “Where are you from?” to a more complicated array of questions regarding multiple migrations, invasions, post-colonial freedom, and the ability to board international flights. As the child of Cypriot immigrants, as a British immigrant herself, and as an ex-dancer, Georgiou is an expert in the art of moving—the choreography of words is the hallmark of this collection. Her poems invite us to consider what it is we are looking for, hoping for, and what we expect to find in the ever-changing landscape of our lives.

Elena Georgiou has the unbordered tongue of an immigrant. Her poems travel through the public and private geographies of citizenship, building homes made of bodies and language. Her work is an alphabet, a Greek chorus, a praise poem for the English language and its many tongues. It is your visa to the poetry of immigration.

—Lisa Birman, author of For That Return Passage: A Valentine for the United States of America, and co-editor (with Anne Waldman) of Civil Disobediences Poetics and Politics in Action

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