SOME YEARS AGO, I wrote a screenplay about a freed American slave who turned up in London in 1809 and quickly proved himself a boxer capable of wresting the title from the British champion. No small matter, this. England was the only nation on earth where men boxed, and Brits, from hod carriers to Earls, naturally considered the sport the province of Englishmen. A black man contending for the title, especially an American black, was a hard pill to swallow.
IN THE SUMMER OF 2014, I found myself at the New Museum in New York City, which was housing a special exhibit of Arab artists. On the third floor, taking up an entire room, was the work of poet and artist Etel Adnan, and of her partner, visual artist Simone Fattal. On the walls were pages from Adnan’s The Arab Apocalypse — a brilliant piece of war writing — which included scrawled notes and doodles.
LEBANESE-AMERICAN POET Jess Rizkallah’s the magic my body becomes is the inaugural winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize for a first or second book by a poet of Arab heritage, a series edited by Hayan Charara and Fady Joudah and published by the University of Arkansas Press. Here she and Carol N. Fadda discuss, among other things, Rizkallah’s practice, the space she occupies between two cultures, the role of the body, spoken word poetry, and Ms. Marvel.
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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