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May 26, 2021

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#Poetry The Lost Arabs

by N@ncy

  1. I struggled with this collection.
  2. I admired just 23% of the poems.
  3. When Sakr wrote about his family, ancestors…
  4. he reached me emotionally.
  5. Favorite poem was “Chances”.
  6. When Sakr spoke with “no holds barred”
  7. (he does not exercise any form of self-censor)
  8. ...I felt only his rage, anger and frustration.
  9. I felt the first 20 poems were written by a completely
  10. different poet than the rest of the poems.
  11. A collection is written over the course of years (2017-2018)
  12. …so the world and mind of a poet is dynamic….
  13. and that can change his creative vision.
  14. Sakr’s voice is unique
  15. …but I don’t know if everyone will enjoy is writing!
  16. #MixedReactions

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  1. May 27 2021

    My younger colleagues love Omar’s poetry, but I have yet to read any myself. I tend to feel that he writes for younger people.

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    • May 27 2021

      I felt I needed to test this idea about writing for a younger audience and I found an interview on the Garret Podcast where he said “I always consider carefully what I’m publishing, which is very different to what I’m writing. But I generally feel very much that what I’m putting into the world needs to be put into the world. And I can say that I think perhaps more definitively than most. Because there isn’t another queer Arab, Australian, Muslim poet. I mean, you know what I mean? I am the field, so it doesn’t feel like I have much in the way of choice. I want to write for the younger version of myself who is struggling very much to survive. I want to make the road easier for him, for her, for them. I know they’re out there. And I know because they’ve often messaged me and told me literally how much my poetry has meant to them. So in terms of thinking about my audience, yeah, I think about them. I think about the versions of myself that existed before and how best to honour them.”

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    • May 27 2021

      Brona, I don’t know…young or old perhaps there is smth to this generational issue.
      Is it possible to express anger and rage with more imagery…more intoxicating language about the human feeling and experience? I know Jericho Brown has many issues (racism, abuse)…but his poems soar above the poems of Sakr.
      I know Sakr can write some beautiful poems (the first 20 in the book)…but then he slips into his
      ‘anger bubble’. Oh, well….time to start the next book of poems.

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      • May 28 2021

        I think that’s the key Nancy – anger. When an artist is moved by anger the quality suffers IMO. I saw that with Flanagan’s latest novel – some majestic writing at the start but then his angry voice took over & lost me.

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  2. May 28 2021

    Brona, I noticed such a different voice in ALL the #FirstNations poems by indigenous poets. (Fire Front edited by Alison Whittaker)
    Of course they have endured so much injustice…but never did I hear them expressing anger. Regret, yes, holding the mirror so Australia can see itself, yes…hope for future generations and respect for ancestors, yes …all feelings that lift the reader up…up…up. But never raw anger.

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