Deluge

Deluge

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, africa, poetry, Poetry, Religion

In her early twenties, Leila Chatti started bleeding and did not stop. Physicians referred to this bleeding as flooding. In the Qur’an, as in the Bible, the Flood was sent as punishment. The idea of disease as punishment drives this collection’s themes of shame, illness, grief, and gender, transmuting religious narratives through the lens of a young Arab-American woman suffering a taboo female affliction. Deluge investigates the childhood roots of faith and desire alongside their present day enactments. Chatti’s remarkably direct voice makes use of innovative poetic form to gaze unflinchingly at what she was taught to keep hidden. This powerful piece of life-writing depicts Chatti’s journey from diagnosis to surgery and remission in meticulous chronology that binds body to spirit and advocates for the salvation of both. Chatti blends personal narrative, religious imagery, and medical terminology in a chronicle of illness, womanhood, and faith.

Title:Deluge
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781556595899
Format Type:

    Deluge Reviews

  • Bryce Emley

    "I've known men but never a god / that bled and lived. But I did."...

  • Karla Strand

    Tunisian American poet Leila Chatti’s powerful poems center her faith, illness, embodiment, shame and womanhood. This is a collection to be reckoned with....

  • Amy

    One of the tightest, best arranged and contained books of poetry I've read. Chatti takes her readers on a journey from suffering, to engagement with doctors and diagnosis, to treatment, and finally he...

  • Yukti

    I am so moved by this book. I took my time and savored each poem. When it began with "From the depths I have cried out to you, O Lord", I knew it was going to break me. This book should be assigned re...

  • Ashly Curtis

    This collection is a deeply raw and personal reflection of something incredibly painful. Chatti brings her experience to the reader beautifully, honestly. I’m a big fan of this poet and one thing I ...

  • K.B.Pfotenhauer

    Ever since I came across Leila Chatti's work, I have been looking forward to getting her collection, and it did not disappoint. It's one of the best, most careful, and beautiful books I've read in my ...

  • Patrycja

    A stunning book that grapples with questions of faith, illness, and patriarchy. The poems are gorgeous, striking, thought-provoking. As I take in the book's cover, I am left wondering about how the bo...

  • Layla Elqutami

    this is the best book of poetry i have read in some years (possibly ever); i make no exaggeration. tangles together in the finest way faith/illness/myth/womanhood through some overarching presence of ...

  • Carly Miller

    A completely rapturous read, DELUGE is a book that brings the lyric, psalmic quality of poems to us to praise the body for its wonders, its terrors, and the journey that brought the poems toward us (j...

  • Adison

    DELUGE knocked me flat. It is one of the best poetry collections I’ve ever read, and along with TUNSIYA/AMRIKIYA, it has guaranteed that Leila Chatti is a “must read” poet for me. Buy this book!...