Translated from the French by Marilyn Hacker.
Marilyn Hacker is an award-winning poet who has published numerous collections. She lives in Paris, France, and New York where she is a professor of English and Creative Writing at City College.
—Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese poet and novelist who has been a resident of France since 1973. She is the author of a dozen collections of poems and as many novels, including Here There Was Once a Country, also translated by Marilyn Hacker, Vacarme pour une lune morte: roman, and Mortemaison: roman. Her work has been translated into Italian, Russian, Dutch, German, and Arabic.
These four poems are reprinted from She Says, published by Graywolf Press in June 2003.