Loss Singsby James Montgomery Sylph Editions
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The seventh-century poet Tumadir, also known as al-Khansaʾ - a sobriquet that means "the Snub-nosed Gazelle doe" - survived both her brothers. Her poetic output consists of dirges for those dead brothers. In Loss Sings, James Montgomery translates a number of these dirges from the Arabic and weaves a cahier around them. Bringing this little-known ancient Arabic poet to contemporary readers for the first time, Montogomery intersperses personal and poignant observations throughout the collection as he explores related elements of death and loss.
James Montgomery is the Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic and Fellow of Trinity Hall at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of many works on Arabic letters, including his forthcoming edition and translation of pre-Islamic poems, War Songs and Al-Jahiz: In Praise of Books.