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Hayan Charara

Hayan Charara is a poet, children’s book author, essays, and editor. He is also co-founder and series editor of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. Born in Detroit, he lived in New York City for many years but moved to Texas, where he has lived for the past twenty years. His most recent poetry book is These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit.

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  • These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit by Hayan Charara

    These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit

    With "These Trees, Those Leaves, This Flower, That Fruit" Hayan Charara presents readers with a medley of ambitious analyses, written in characteristically wry verse. He takes philosophers to task, jousts with academics, and scrutinizes hollow gestures of empathy, exposing the dangers of thinking ourselves "separate / from our] thoughts and experiences." After all, "No work of love / will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart." But how do we act on fullness of heart? How, knowing as we do that "genocide is inscribed in our earliest and holiest texts"?

    Thoughtful but never preachy, Charara sits beside us, granting us access to life's countless unglamorous dilemmas: crushing a spider when we promised we wouldn't, nearing madness from a newborn's weeping, resenting our lovers for what happened in a dream. "Good poems demand to be written from inside the poet," we are reminded. And that is where we find ourselves here: inside a lively and ethical mind, entertained by Charara's good company even as goodness challenges us to do more.

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