By Antony Di Nardo
These astute, beneficiant poems provide us modern Beirut in all its ravaged and incongruent beauty.
This arresting first assortment is, partly, a carefully balanced examine Beirut from the viewpoint of a Westerner who lives and works in that notable urban. even if writing concerning the heart East or approximately family existence, 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 provider 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 is still of itself,
the little air of familiarity defunct, despised and fed
to these strolling like scraps to gutter cats within the shade
of too many parked automobiles that took the place
of date hands status at the sidewalks.
but nobody might ever depart 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 convey Beirut into ancient and private concentration… facts of violence abounds the following, as does love, and Di Nardo epitomizes, like Cavafy, the empathy required to be its ideal correspondent.” –John Barton
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