October 1, 2014
This House, My Bones--video clip
Chris Abani, author of Sanctificum and The Secret History of Las Vegas:
In poems of grace and a searing fire, Elmaz Abinader negotiates love, yearning, hope, memory, resistance, injustice and death and weaves an uneasy but authentic hope that illuminates the path to a true redemption. A stunning collection.
Ruth Forman, author of Prayers like Shoes and We Are the Young Magicians:
A somber clarity weaves this lovely work. Perhaps Abinader’s lines express it best: “How many times can your heart break?/ How many times is writing a surgery?” Yes, a mourning rises from these pages. But wrapped with prayer and hymn, a tender morning rises from these pages.
The conversation with history is witnessed by the earth and etches the collisions on its body—every rock and road, riverbed and meadow hold the marks of migrations, escapes, exiles, alienations, aging and evolutions. In This House, My Bones, the body and the earth exchange their positions and perspectives. The memories of war are on the skin as well as on the mesa, the exile is written in dust and cells. Through mining experience of occupation, dislocation, and aging, I created poems where the body and the earth examine their bruises.