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Title: Revolutions
Author: Mirwali, Hajer
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Christakos, Margaret
Abstract: Revolutions is a collection of seven poetic sequences and two additional procedures weaved through them. The poems explore Arab Muslim daughterhood through three metaphorical circularities inextricably overlapping: waiting, pleasure, and surveillance. I see the metaphors circularly through Mona Hatoum’s kinetic sculpture, + and –, whose serrated and smooth arms ceaselessly revolve around a motor, making and unmaking grooves in a bed of sand. An extended ekphrastic response to the sculpture helps build a framework on which I map a network of loyalties to my immigrant community and the Arab artists I have leaned on for language and imagery, such as Mahmoud Darwish, Hayan Charara, and Naseer Shamma. As I struggle to leave physically, this map guides me to a poetic liberation from my home and its system of gendered hyper-surveillance.
Date: 2019-08
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