Something Sinister, Hayan Charara

It is unusual that the deeply private in American poetry connects to the immensely public at the world stage. It is even a rarer event when this is accomplished with such clarity and disarming language. American poetry needs to pay attention to this book and celebrate the expansive, tender vision of Hayan Charara. His poems feed us what we want, and what we think we want, because the poems have made a pact with us: that they will also offer us what we fear. And we accept it all because ultimately this is a book of fearless love. I cannot stop rereading these poems, everyone of them so heartbreaking and illuminating, especially “Usage,” a work of such brilliance it will be read for decades to come.
—Fady Joudah
Published by Carnegie Mellon University Press