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Writing the Camp Reviews

Writing the Camp

Yousif M Qasmiyeh

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Category: Poetry, Non-fiction
Imprint: Broken Sleep Books
Publisher: Broken Sleep Books
Publication date: 28 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9781913642358
3 stars out of 5

"a work of rare integrity"

t is more than 70 pages into the book before we encounter a person’s name. But Qasmiyeh can’t resist the descriptive itch entirely. Writing the Camp is – at least, for this reader – most compelling when it is at its most descriptive, in a clutch of later pieces which offer glimpses of the camp’s butcher, its midwife and its suffocating bomb shelter. The title poem vividly captures the way that “intertwined clothing lines and electrical cables, well-shielded balconies, little oxygen and impenetrable silences are all amassed in this space.” But in many of these poems, the impenetrable silences overwhelm everything else.