Exiles of Eden

Exiles of Eden

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Exiles of Eden looks at the origin story of Adam, Eve, and their exile from the Garden of Eden, exploring displacement and alienation from its mythological origins to the present. In this formally experimental collection steeped in Somali narrative tradition, Osman gives voice to the experiences and traumas of displaced people over multiple generations. The characters in these poems encounter exile's strangeness while processing the profoundly isolating experience of knowing that that once you are sent out of Eden, you can't go back.

Author: Ladan Ali Osman
Publisher: Coffee House Press
Published: 05/07/2019
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.30lbs
Size: 8.80h x 5.80w x 0.40d
ISBN: 9781566895446

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 05/20/2019

About the Author
Somali-born poet and essayist Ladan Osman is the author of The Kitchen-Dweller's Testimony (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize, and the chapbook Ordinary Heaven, which appeared in the box-set Seven New Generation African Poets (Slapering Hol Press, 2014). Her next collection, Exiles of Eden, a work of poetry, photos, and experimental text, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press in 2019.