Fady Joudahâs The Earth in the Attic is the 2007 winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. In his poems Joudah explores big themesâidentity, war, religion, what we hold in commonâwhile never losing sight of the quotidian, the specific. Contest judge Louise GlÃ¼ck describes the poet in her Foreword as âthat strange animal, the lyric poet in whom circumstance and profession . . . have compelled obsession with large social contexts and grave national dilemmas.â She finds in his poetry an incantatory quality and concludes, âThese are small poems, many of them, but the grandeur of conception is inescapable. The Earth in the Attic is varied, coherent, fierce, tender; impossible to put down, impossible to forget.â
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