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Wanting in Arabic

Second Edition

Trish Salah

Winner of the 2014 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction!

Wanting in Arabic
is a refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories. The author dwells on the contradictions of a transsexual poetics, in its attendant disfigurations of lyric, ghazal, l’ecriture feminine, and, in particular, her own sexed voice. Without a memory of her father’s language, the questions her poems ask are those for a home known through photographs, for a language lost with childhood.

Braiding theoretical concerns with the ambivalences of sexed and raced identity, with profound romanticism,Wanting in Arabic attempts to traverse the fantasies of foundational loss and aggressive nostalgia in order to further a poetics of a conscious partiality of being, of generous struggle and comic rather than tragic misrecognition.


"The poems are routes one might take to reach home in your own body, mind, history, and landscape. They vibrate with longing and tenderness."
Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf

"Employing a number of different poetic modes, Salah’s writing is by turns political, evocative, and quite often hot. A Lebanese-Canadian from Nova Scotia who never saw her father’s homeland nor spoke his tongue, Salah explores the nuances of identity, and her writing is simply gorgeous."
The Walrus

"[Wanting in Arabic] shares a cultural experience rarely made available to mainstream American audiences."
–Buzzfeed


Praise for the first edition:

Wanting in Arabic is a self-impelled keening for identification with a lost tongue, both that of her father's Lebanese roots and her own metamorphosis … cross-citing psychoanalytic and feminist wagers about the sexed text … with glam-porno rubber-assed apostrophes to various lovers (not a poetics of celibacy, I assure you), with the funny and poignant savvy of postcolonial theory…. This indeterminate and determined voice chronicles the trans-self's journey as a tour et retour de force…. With ethical toughness and carnal ecstasy, Salah's writing bosoms up every damn dam in the literary waterway.”
Margaret Christakos, The Globe and Mail

"This is a beautiful and disturbing collection of poems, writing from the uncharted langscape of the third sex. Images of the rose, of the beloved, can they be made new? Yes indeed, Wanting in Arabic does just that"
Mary Di Michele, author of Debriefing the Rose

“Trish Salah’s poetic sequence is not simply a narrative of gender change; it’s a wandering, thoughtful text, one both fierce and tremulous.”
Erin Mouré, author of Furious and  Domestic Fuel

Trish Salah’s recent writing appears in the journals Eleven Eleven, Feminist Studies, Journal of Medical Humanities, No More Potlucks, and in the anthologies, Selling Sex, Féminismes électriques, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Her research investigates the emergence of Transgender Minority Literatures. Her first book,Wanting in Arabic, was published by TSAR in 2002 and launched in a new edition in 2013. She is co-editor of a special issue of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly, focused on Trans* Cultural Production, out in 2014, as is her new book, Lyric Sexology, Vol. 1. She is currently assistant professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.  
 

 

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ISBN:  978-1-927494-30-1
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paperback; 104 pages
Publication Date:  November 2013

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