University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: February 2015
Features: Foreword
Series: Robert Kroetsch Series
Keywords: Poetry;Canadian Literature
Subject(s): POETRY / Canadian, Poetry;Canadian Literature, Literature, Poetry
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Jalal Barzanji. Jalal Barzanji is a highly respected Kurdish poet and journalist. He has published seven books of poetry and numerous critical columns. After his two-year imprisonment by Saddam Hussein’s regime in the late 1980s and further political repression into the 1990s, Barzanji and his family fled to Turkey. They remained there for eleven months, eventually immigrating to Canada.

Dr. Sabah A. Salih. Sabah A. Salih is Professor of English at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sabah A. Salih. Sabah A. Salih is Professor of English at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.

" will be easy for readers to connect with Barzanji's writing, because his words seep with humanity's universal emotions and occurrences."

Safa Jinje, Quill & Quire

On the Edmonton Journal's Bestsellers list (Edmonton Fiction) for the week of May 8, 2015

Edmonton Journal

Today's book of poetry believes that poetry connects us, makes us more human.... Barzanji has been part of an oppressed minority in his own country, an exile, a refugee and an immigrant…. By illuminating his world of exile Barzanji shines a light on the whole world. His poems are witness and journey…. Barzanji has a surprisingly light touch considering the depths he is mining, it surprises the reader again and again.... Jalal Barzanji's story is a familiar one but it is not often shared, rendered into art. These poems shine."

Michael Dennis

"The poetry itself is political, personal and interrogating. It asks questions of governments, of individuals in power and of ourselves as citizens, readers, and artists. While the poems cross boundaries and decades, Barzanji’s work is intensely immediate, while always acknowledging the swift passage of time... Barzanji’s voice is warm, accessible, and occasionally humorous. He does not shy from the seriousness of politics and war, but reminds us that within those larger spheres beats an individual heart, alone or—one would hope—next to another." [Full review at]

Kimmy Beach, Arc Poetry Magazine

Nice, intimate, vertical format that works beautifully for the poems, with a simple typographical palette... Benjamin Shaykin, Juror, Association of American University Presses: Book, Jacket, and Journal Show 2016

AAUP Book, Jacket & Journal Show – Poetry & Literature, United States
Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry – Alberta Literary Awards, Canada
New York Book Show/Trade, United States
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