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Fady Joudah
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Fady Joudah

Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American poet, translator, and physician.   The poems in Alight alternate between the estranging familial and strangely familiar, between burning and illumination. As father, husband, and physician, he gives children and vulnerable others voice in this hauntingly lyrical collection.

In a recent interview with The Kenyon Review, Joudah discussed Alight with poetry editor David Baker: "Alight starts a flame and sets the inflammatory against the humane, before the fire turns gradually into light and alights onto the familial discourse of love and its contradictions, its insolvable difficulties at times, through the experience of fatherhood and husbandry."

Fady Joudah currently practices internal medicine in Houston, Texas.

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"With anatomical precision, Joudah illustrates scenes that are at once uncanny and contemporary, be it a Bedouin woman's lavender mourning veil, the chrome doors to an alchemist's home, or the mysterious speaker in 'Smoke,' who exits abruptly and claims to have 'scripts to write and scrolls to find,' a testament to the duties of attending physician and displaced poet alike. In both roles, Joudah has records to keep and history to revisit, and does so beautifully."Booklist

“Joudah’s poetry is rich with the influences and styles of both American and Arabic poetry. It can be personal and image-driven, by turns, as well as discursive and social. Its lyric gifts are as powerful as its narrative impulse.”—Kenyon Review

“Throughout Alight's carefully structured arc of movement and within its individual poems, the quotidian resides within the mythic. Joudah's is an art written out of experience, rather than about it...Poetry like Joudah's  strikes a match into our dark places.”—Poet Lore

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