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Thursday, 20 August 2009 14:49

Book of the Month
Review by Jennifer Young

Marah Bukai’s “O” book is a unique collection of poignant poems, delving into the infinite anomalies of the world. Tackling issues of religion, sexuality, and self identity, Bukai accentuates the injustice and hypocrisy plaguing today’s humanity.

Born in Syria, educated in France, and currently living in the United States, Marah Bukai has worked to build bridges across cultures. As a professor, a writer, and an advocate for change, Bukai strives to build cross-cultural understanding through her work and her poetry.

Fighting the corruption of politics and power, Marah Bukai shouts attention to the deceit of fundamentalism, extremism, and nationalism. Using images of love and war, Bukai paints a masterpiece of emotion; highlighting the pain she feels for the suffering of humanity and the anger she feels towards the causes of such suffering.

Crossing borders between the east and the west, Bukai’s poems emphasize the universality of the human condition within the context of a Middle Eastern writing style. Rich with diverse metaphors and multicultural symbolism, her poetry uncovers the core causes of social ills and demands change.

Marah Bukai’s global vision sends a message to the world. Recognizing the lack of tolerance on all levels of society, Bukai confronts the growing disparity between differing ideologies with a voice of reason and understanding. Her ability to synthesize the complexities of the socio-political situation in the Middle East into poetry allows the reader to become acquainted with the rugged emotionality of conflict.

Through the eyes and from the heart of this Arab woman we can all experience the struggles which have strengthened her and the passions which are exuded from her. With a mind open to the world and a voice calling for change, Marah Bukai shows us what it means to feel.

The “O” book continues to gain international popularity and can be found on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Marah Bukai is currently working on a new English poetry collection inspired by a previous Arabic publication released in 1995 entitled, “Juliet Awakens from Her Tomb".

O Book is availabe for sale at Amazon.com

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