POEMS BY HALA ALYAN
Atrium (Three Rooms Press, 2012) is a debut collection of poetry by an inspired and original emerging poetic voice. Alyan’s deeply passionate and engaging writing blurs the line between global issues and personal spaces, and the collection is formidable in its irreverence, erudition, and humor.
“Hala Alyan’s poems startle us with their beautiful, enigmatic images and capture us with their passionate engagement with the world. A powerful debut.” —Chitra Divakaruni
“Hala Alyan’s poems go after the sensual, to find the erotics in displacement, in memory, in the new land.” — Illya Kaminsky
“For all the stunning angularity in this vision, we do not doubt that what we are seeing and sensing here is a surprising, sharp-edged sense of the real, of a world that had been there all along, just waiting for this poet and these poems to reveal. Start to finish, these poems convey a singular vision and represent an important new voice in the international poetry arena.” —Fred Marchant
“Don’t miss the dazzling Hala Alyan. Wow. When she says ‘the poetry like a spear,’ she isn’t kidding.” —Naomi Shihab Nye