Arab-American and Muslim Writers (Multicultural Voices) by Rebecca Layton

By Rebecca Layton

Arab-American and Muslim Writers discusses the authors from this wealthy background that experience made lasting contributions to the yank literary panorama. Authors reminiscent of Claire Messud, Mohja Kahf, Samuel Hazo, Malcolm X, Amiri Baraka, and Kahlil Gibran are among the profiled during this new supplying, which additionally covers the now-canonical works usually assigned in study rooms this present day.

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The teeth with just one bite can tell an apple from a pear. The tongue can savor at a touch what’s salt, what’s sugar. Samuel Hazo 39 The eye does not discriminate, and everything in its complete democracy is ours in perpetuity to keep as near as here and dearer than now. In a world that is uncertain, the body’s experience is the only trustworthy source, Hazo seems to be saying. The “democracy” of one’s perception is what keeps us rooted to the truth of reality. In “The Most You Least Expect,” he uses the I-you relationship to conjure a self that is discovering its own existence: It’s like your struggle to remember what you know you know but just can’t quite recall.

Food is not only unifying and essential to all for survival, it also serves as a specific indicator of a culture and a place. In this way, Nye uses both the universal and the particular to link us, the reader, to our own communal humanity. In an essay by Linda Strom and Lorraine Mercer, the authors note that “[Nye’s] poems convey the idea that through observing the lives of others, we begin to dissolve the imaginary boundaries separating individuals, cultures, and countries. ” In the poem “Olive Jar,” Nye gives us a view into the eating habits of Arabs everywhere in the simple act of eating olives: In the corner of every Arab kitchen, an enormous plastic container of olives is waiting for another meal.

The Reader’s Digest with its worldwide circulation of twenty-four million copies in thirteen languages carried an article titled “Mr. ” Malcolm began appearing on radio and television programs to defend Elijah Muhammad and the Nation. He quickly picked up some strategies for arguing on air and getting control of the tone of the argument. His forceful, logical style would overwhelm and upset the other panelists. “Anyone who has ever heard me on radio or television programs knows that my technique is non-stop, until what I want to get said is said.

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