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The Wild Fox of Yemen

by Threa Almontaser

Paperback $22.99

$22.99

$22.99

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Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

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

The Yemeni American poet 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 sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures. Speakers move with the force of what cannot be contained by the limits of the American imagination; instead, they 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. Fearlessly riding the tension between carnality and tenderness in the unruly human spirit, The Wild Fox of Yemen is one of the most original and bold debuts in recent years.

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781529078459
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pub Date: 26/10/2021
  • Category: Literature & literary studies / Poetry by individual poets
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Pages: 112
  • Price: $22.99

Poetry Book Society Wild Card

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

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

The Yemeni American poet 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 sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures. Speakers move with the force of what cannot be contained by the limits of the American imagination; instead, they 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. Fearlessly riding the tension between carnality and tenderness in the unruly human spirit, The Wild Fox of Yemen is one of the most original and bold debuts in recent years.

Author Information

Threa Almontaser is an author and multimedia artist from New York. She earned her MFA and TESOL certification from North Carolina State University and is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fulbright program, and elsewhere. When not storytelling, she attends comic conventions, teaches ESL to immigrants and refugees, and keeps an eye out for pretty rocks. For more, please visit threawrites.com.

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