Out on 08 July 2021

The Wild Fox of Yemen

Threa Almontaser

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08 July 2021
9781529078473
120 pages
Synopsis

By turns aggressively reckless and fiercely protective, always guided by faith and ancestry, Threa Almontaser’s incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a portrait of young Muslim womanhood in New York after 9/11, and an extraordinarily composed examination of what it means to carry in the body the echoes of what came before, Almontaser’s polyvocal collection sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures.

Half-crunk and hungry, speakers move with the force of what cannot be contained by the limits of the American imagination, and instead invest in troublemaking and trickery, navigate imperial violence across multiple accents and anthems, and apply gang signs in henna, utilizing any means necessary to form a semblance of home. In doing so, The Wild Fox of Yemen fearlessly rides the tension between carnality and tenderness in the unruly human spirit.

The spirit of Whitman lives in these poems that sing and celebrate a vibrant, rebellious body with all its physical and spiritual entanglements.

Harryette Mullen, judge’s statement for the Walt Whitman Award

It’s thrilling to discover such a staggeringly self-assured debut, to feel in the unmistakable presence of The Real Thing

Kaveh Akbar, author of the collections Pilgrim Bell and Calling a Wolf a Wolf

The Wild Fox of Yemen is an intoxicating debut

Eduardo C. Corral, author of the collections Guillotine and Slow Lightening