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E-Mails from Scheherazad (2003) [Collection]
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Kahf establishes herself as a new voice in the tradition of ethnic American poets, blending the experiences of recent Arab-American immigrants into contemporary American scenery. In her poems, Muslim ritual and Qur'anic vocabulary move in next door to the idiom of suburban Americana, and the legendary Scheherazad of the Thousand and One Nights shows up in New Jersey, recast as a sophisticated postcolonial feminist.

Kahf's carefully crafted poems do not speak only to important issues of ethnicity, gender, and religious diversity in America, but also to universal human themes of family and kinship, friendship, and the search for a place to pray. She chronicles the specific griefs and pleasures of the immigrant and writes an amulet for womanly power in the face of the world's terrors. Her poetic energy is provocative and sassy, punctuated now and then with a darker poem of elegiac sadness or refined rage.


  • Voyager Dust
  • The Skaff Mother Tells the Story
  • Word from the Younger Skaff
  • Fayetteville as in Fate
  • The Roc
  • The Cherries
  • The Dream of Return
  • The Passing There
  • Lateefa
  • Hijab Scene #3
  • My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears
  • I Can Scent an Arab Man a Mile Away
  • Hijab Scene #5
  • My Babysitter Wears a Face-Veil
  • From the Patios of the Alhambra
  • Mahmud's First Letter Home from Minneapolis
  • Descent into JFK
  • Hijab Scene #7
  • Move Over
  • Hijab Scene #1
  • Hijab Scene #2
  • E-mail from Scheherazad
  • So You Think You Know Scheherazad
  • Finding Poems for My Students
  • You Are My Yemen
  • Grandfather
  • The Marvelous Women
  • The Quiet Knight
  • The Woman Dear to Herself
  • To My Queenly Daughters
  • My Body Is Not Your Battleground
  • Sacred Immorality
  • Men Kill Me
  • Ishtar Awakens in Chicago
  • Thawrah des Odalisques at the Matisse Retrospective
  • If the Odalisques
  • Copulation in English
  • The Pistols of Emir Abdel Qader
  • Disbeliever
  • Parturition 1999
  • Snowfall on the Colossal Ruins
  • Khidr's Riddle
  • We Will Continue Like Twin Towers
  • The Fires Have Begun
  • Fatima Migrates in October
  • Redwoods
  • Poem to My Prodigal Brother
  • Would That I Had Met You in Amman
  • Affirmative Action Sonnet
  • Jasmine Snowfall
  • The Fork in the Road
  • Learning to Pray All Over

Original title: E-Mails from Scheherazad
Original languages: English


Genre: PoetryVerse

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E-Mails from Scheherazad (2003)
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Language: English

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E-Mails from Scheherazad (2003)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: University Press of Florida
ISBN: 0813026202
Pages: 96

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