Invasive Species

Invasive Species

In Invasive species, Marwa Helal's searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathways for empathy, etching themselves into memory. This work centers on urgent themes in our cultural landscape, creating space for unseen victims of discriminatory foreign (read: immigration) policy: migrants, refugees--the displaced. Helal transfers live In Invasive species, Marwa Helal's searing politically charged poems touch on our collective humanity and build new pathw...

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Title:Invasive Species
Author:Marwa Helal
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:1937658937
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:131 pages pages

Invasive Species Reviews

  • Wendy Trevino
    Jan 23, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Cheryl
    Apr 22, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Kent Winward
    Dec 13, 2018

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

  • Michael
    Jul 11, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

  • Khiana
    May 25, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

  • Raia
    Jun 04, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Wendy Ortiz
    Jan 12, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

  • Gwendolyn
    Nov 28, 2018

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

  • Tatiana
    Mar 01, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

  • Emma
    Feb 12, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

  • Stephanie
    Jun 03, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

  • Paul
    Jul 03, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Hugo Santos
    Dec 27, 2018

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Anne Marie
    Jan 13, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

  • Summer
    Jan 08, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

  • Gabby Gilliam
    Jul 11, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Sentimental Surrealist
    May 21, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

    ...

  • Sivan
    Jan 26, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Mansi
    Apr 07, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

  • Carla Sofia Sofia
    May 05, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

  • Tasnim
    Jun 15, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Leia Penina
    Mar 20, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

  • Sophia Kaufman
    Feb 14, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Chantale P
    Apr 23, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Safia
    Sep 13, 2018

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Sara Marie
    Jun 23, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

    ...

  • Henneh  Kyereh Kwaku
    Jan 07, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

  • Jordan Graves
    Mar 16, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Evan
    Jul 15, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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  • Shanshan Chan
    Apr 24, 2019

    it?s early to say but this has to be one of the best books I?ll read this year. ...

    I think everyone should read this. I really do. In some breaths Claudia Rankine, in others Whitman, Ms. Helal pulls threads from poetry and science and politics together to craft a visually, sonically, and emotionally stunning landscape. Invasive Species was an articulate, formally ...

    This was amazing. Her poems made me feel angry, made me cry, made me laugh, and raised my arm hairs. I am glad that she shared her story and that I got to go along for the ride in this book. ...

    Read Harder 2019: A collection of poetry published since 2014 While googling the author I came across milquetoast- albeit positive- reviews calling this book of poetry things like "politically-charged." Somehow that seems even more weaselly than saying "racially-charged." 'Racially'...

    This poetry collection is very timely and addresses some difficult topics around insider/outsider status and immigration challenges. My favorite part of this collection is the middle section (the A to Z section) that describes Helal?s difficult immigration pathway into the United Sta...

    we each arrive at the same dream differently: in one the fly goes unnoticed; in another the fly is swatted; the fly crumples; the fly goes free... In the line above, Marwa Helal is describing the difference between journalists' and poets' approach to the written word. The same coul...

    I do not say this lightly when I say this is not just the best poetry book I have read in 2019, but the best book I have read in 2019. Period. As a poet, I have learned so much on how to write, how to craft a poem, how to create a collection. It is a whole education on deconstructing a...

    I?m very glad I read these poems. This was an intimate look at an immigrant?s experience in the United States (and outside of the United States) in these days (the last 20 years. Though the poet grew up in the United States she had to return to her birthplace of Egypt before she co...

    the entire thing is stunning, but I have a particular affinity for the middle section: immigration as a second language. the push of genre is aspirational & inspiring. this is true throughout the collection, but the awareness of language the poems possess is disarming & product...

    These poems are what you want a poem to be & what you don't know a poem can be?so much invention. Helal's ingenuity is admirable. If you have to read any poetry collection this year, you must read this book & even if you don't want to read poetry this year & every other y...

    Beautiful through and through. It?s a mixture of poetry and prose and pieces where the lines are blurred. Both the story of Marwa?s multiple migrations and an appropriately bleak and angry look at the US immigration system and Islamaphobia. This is crucial reading in 2019. It?...

    This is a hybrid book -- part poetry, part alphabet narrative (immigration A through Z). The book had its moments and the underlying metaphor of immigrants as invasive species worked. My major complaint is that some of the poems try a little too hard to be "edgy." ...

    LOVE. ...

    Amazing, form-bending, mind-blowing collection. ...

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