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Threa Almontaser | Wild Fox of Yemen

Threa Almontaser | Wild Fox of Yemen

Starts on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 7:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-4)

Tickets ($5.50 to $18.99) here.

In conversation with Eduardo C. Corral

About this Event

Winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets

By turns aggressively reckless and fiercely protective, always guided by faith and ancestry, this incendiary debut asks how mistranslation can be a form of self-knowledge and survival. A love letter to the country and people of Yemen, a portrait of young Muslim womanhood in New York after 9/11, and an extraordinarily composed examination of what it means to carry in the body the echoes of what came before, Almontaser’s polyvocal collection sneaks artifacts to and from worlds, repurposing language and adapting to the space between cultures. Half-crunk and hungry, speakers move with the force of what cannot be contained by the limits of the American imagination, and instead invest in troublemaking and trickery, navigate imperial violence across multiple accents and anthems, and apply gang signs in henna, utilizing any means necessary to form a semblance of home. In doing so, The Wild Fox of Yemen fearlessly rides the tension between carnality and tenderness in the unruly human spirit.

“In these astonishing poems, [Threa Almontaser] razes all that would constrict her, forges new possibilities. Her language is rebellious, mischievous, curious, rich with refusals and tenderness. Her imagination startles. . . . It also eulogizes, translates, heckles. The Wild Fox of Yemen is an intoxicating debut.”

—Eduardo C. Corral

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