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Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud
Release date: May 29th, 2018
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2015 World Poetry Slam Champion and Woman of the World co-Champion Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud presents her hauntingly beautiful debut poetry collection.
Brimming with rage, sorrow, and resilience, this collection traverses an expansive terrain: genocide; diaspora; the guilt of surviving; racism and Islamophobia; the burdens of girlhood; the solace of sisterhood; the innocence of a first kiss. Heart-wrenching and raw, defiant and empowering, Sisters’ Entranceexplores how to speak the unspeakable.
It’s been a while since I read a poetry book and this one knocked me off of my feet. It truly was that good! Author Emtithal Mahmoud has constructed such a powerful collection of diverse and hard hitting poems…you really need to pick this book up for yourself.
Throughout the collection, Mahmoud never holds back. She’s brutally honest, open and explicit. Her poetry explores topics related to war, genocide, feminism, Islamophobia and discrimination. At times her wording can be quite jarring, a slap in the face, but I appreciate her ability to write as she sees or feels it. Isn’t that what poetry is? An honest outpouring of emotion? Her words are truly powerful as she has this ability to make what she’s writing about come to life. It also provided me with a perspective on life during war. I have taught about the genocide in Darfur, but have always read books or watched videos from a primarily male point of view. It was refreshing to her a woman’s voice. I hope that we will soon have more of these available. Also, since conflict in Sudan is ongoing, I really hope that this helps to highlight how many more people are impacted by war and conflict.
My only issue with this collection is that at times it sounds repetitive. Perhaps different words could have been used? However, this didn’t take away from its raw emotion and power. I will definitely be looking for more from this author in the future.
About the Author
Emi Mahmoud is the reigning 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2016 Woman of the World Co-Champion. One of BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women of 2015, Emi studied Anthropology and Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University and is a Darfur native from the heart of Philadelphia. A UNHCR High Profile Supporter, a Yale Global Health Fellow and Leonore Annenberg Scholar, Emi dedicates her time to spreading understanding through poetry and advocacy, particularly for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities the world over.