Scorpionic Sun (Paperback)

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Conor Bracken, a former resident of Houston and a UH alumnus, has produced a rigorous translation of Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s poetry born of the colonial conflict of French North Africa, bringing this important collection of language as political resistance to English readers.

— From Lyric's Top Ten Books by Bayou City Writers, 2019


Poetry. Mohammed Kha r-Eddine's poems speak from 1969 to the present with urgency, through an explosively anachronistic act of translation by Conor Bracken. As Kha r-Eddine writes in 'Black Nausea, ' the poems 'offer to the future this weird / fruit / which speaks in the mouths / of the thousands of innocents dead / in our black blood.' The distortive energies of Kha r-Eddine's 'linguistic guerilla war' agitate for a politically convulsive poetry that dares to be strange, spastic and abjectly sublime. This is a return of a political surrealism when its convulsive bloom is most needed.--Johannes G ransson

No, decolonizing is not a metaphor, but it is a proposal emerging from the place where land and consciousness meet. To get closer to that place Kha r-Eddine's SCORPIONIC SUN resists any nation state--or any reader--who would take up land or consciousness, song or bodies as mere instruments. Wisely, then, Conor Bracken's translation doesn't so much use as it delivers English into the brutal ongoingness of what Teresa Villa-Ignacio has called Kha r-Eddine's 'seismic line.' Thus thoroughly shaken and gone we can find one another 'by a necessary association with events to come.'--Farid Matuk

Kha r-Eddine grabbed hold of the French language with a violent passion; he loved it ferociously, without concession, without moderation. Along with Kateb Yacine and Aim C saire, it is he who has done the most to rattle and enrich the language.--Tahar Ben Jelloun.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781880834381
ISBN-10: 1880834383
Publisher: Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019
Pages: 124
Language: English