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By Antony Di Nardo

These astute, beneficiant poems supply us modern Beirut in all its ravaged and incongruent beauty.

This arresting first assortment is, partially, a gently balanced examine Beirut from the point of view of a Westerner who lives and works in that impressive urban. even if writing in regards to the center East or approximately household existence, Di Nardo refuses to romanticize; he doesn’t moralize in regards to the reasons of perennial conflicts. he's that infrequent factor: a clear-eyed witness.

Here and there Starbucks espresso cups collide

with provider taxis and re-assign the chaos, litter

the brittle panorama of the coast, whereas the world

command alternatives throughout the sands of lawlessness

for only a grain of what is still 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 fingers status at the sidewalks.

but not anyone might ever depart their shift on the wheel,

or flip domestic within the grim trust life’s goal is that unreal.

(from “Oh the streets of West Beirut”)

“Time and area are lenses Di Nardo overlays to carry Beirut into old and private concentration… facts of violence abounds right here, as does love, and Di Nardo epitomizes, like Cavafy, the empathy required to be its excellent correspondent.” –John Barton

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