The Book of Petitions

Poetry Vénus Khoury-Ghata
Translated by Marilyn Hacker

Whether it’s true or false
We said to ourselves that you would continue to play dead by omission or
     out of laziness to distinguish you from those who walk with their backs
     to the city’s noise that you’d offer us a bottle of sherry to celebrate the
     coming of a winter clad in  [...]

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Issue 23



Fall 2015


Vénus Khoury-Ghata received the Prix Goncourt de poésie in 2011 for the totality of her work. She is the author of twenty novels and eighteen collections of poems, including Le livre des suppliques, published by Mercure de France last year. She lives in France.


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