Poetry. "In his masterful fourth collection, Khaled Mattawa is concerned, above all, with the ramifications of a new global culture that most American poets have thus far ignored and neglected, partly out of incomprehension, partly out of fear. By setting himself against such timidity, Mattawa offers his most sustained and experimental reckoning with matters of cultural and social witness. TOCQUEVILLE is part personal lyric, part jeremiad, part shooting script, and part troubled homage to the great wry chronicler of American society evoked in the book's title. It is a book of relentless invention that is also relentlessly urgent and that is a very rare thing indeed. Khaled Mattawa is, quite simply, one of the finest, fiercest, and most original poets of his generation."—David Wojahn
Author City: ANN ARBOR, MI USA
Khaled Mattawa was born in Benghazi, Libya, in 1964 and immigrated to the U.S. in his teens. He is the author of four books books of poetry, ISMAILIA ECLIPSE (Sheep Meadow Press, 1995), ZODIAC OF ECHOES (Ausable Press, 2003), Amorisco (Ausable Press, 2008), and TOCQUEVILLE (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2010). Khaled Mattawa was recipient of the 2010 Academy Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.
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Winner of the 2011 Arab American Book Award in Poetry
Philip Metres @ Ron Slate's On the Seawall
Winner of the 2011 Poetry Center Book Award selected by Ravi Shankar