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 carefully balanced examine Beirut from the point of view of a Westerner who lives and works in that extraordinary urban. no matter if writing in regards to the center East or approximately household lifestyles, Di Nardo refuses to romanticize; he doesn’t moralize concerning 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 throughout 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 fingers status at the sidewalks.
but not anyone may 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 house are lenses Di Nardo overlays to carry Beirut into historical and private concentration… proof of violence abounds right here, as does love, and Di Nardo epitomizes, like Cavafy, the empathy required to be its ideal correspondent.” –John Barton
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