This exquisite collection of poems from Palestinian-Canadian Maha Zimmo presents the reader with jewelled vignettes from Zimmo's lived experiences of relationship under conditions of diaspora. The politics of friendships, lovers and bodies are sinuously interwoven with the fragrant imagery of the rosewater syrup that symbolizes the continuity of family history. As much as this book is a homage to survival, to enduring faith and connection, it is also a fierce indictment of Occupation, colonialism, sexist misogyny, and the wounds that such oppressions leave upon bodies, spirits and an entire people. The beauty of the imagery in these poems does not conceal the piercing insights that lie like thorns in each delectable verse.
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