Fort Greene store:
Wednesday, January 30, 7:30 PM
Book launch: Hala Alyan presents The Twenty-Ninth Year
Featuring poets Safia Elhillo and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem
Wine reception to follow
Greenlight celebrates the launch of poet and clinical psychologist Hala Alyan’s new book of poetry, The Twenty-Ninth Year. In Islamic and Western tradition, age twenty-nine is a milestone, a year of transformation and upheaval. For Hala Alyan, this is a year in which the past—memories of family members, old friends and past lovers, the heat of another land, another language, a different faith—winds itself around the present. Hala’s ever-shifting, subversive verse sifts together and through different forms of forced displacement and the tolls they take on mind and body. Poems leap from war-torn cities in the Middle East, to an Oklahoma Olive Garden, a Brooklyn brownstone; from alcoholism to recovery; from a single woman to a wife. This collection summons breathtaking chaos, one that seeps into the bones of these odes, the shape of these elegies. The night features poets Safia Elhillo and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem reading from their work alongside Hala Alyan.