By Antony Di Nardo
These astute, beneficiant poems provide us modern Beirut in all its ravaged and incongruent beauty.
This arresting first assortment is, partly, a carefully balanced examine Beirut from the point of view of a Westerner who lives and works in that impressive urban. even if writing concerning the center East or approximately household lifestyles, Di Nardo refuses to romanticize; he doesn’t moralize in regards to the explanations of perennial conflicts. he's that infrequent factor: a clear-eyed witness.
Here and there Starbucks espresso cups collide
with carrier taxis and re-assign the chaos, litter
the brittle panorama of the coast, whereas the world
command selections in the course of the sands of lawlessness
for only a grain of what continues to be of itself,
the little air of familiarity defunct, despised and fed
to these taking walks like scraps to gutter cats within the shade
of too many parked vehicles that took the place
of date hands status at the sidewalks.
but nobody might ever go away their shift on the wheel,
or flip domestic within the grim trust life’s objective is that unreal.
(from “Oh the streets of West Beirut”)
“Time and area are lenses Di Nardo overlays to deliver Beirut into historical and private concentration… proof of violence abounds the following, as does love, and Di Nardo epitomizes, like Cavafy, the empathy required to be its ideal correspondent.” –John Barton
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