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'A Kaleidoscope of Stories is a volume to celebrate in the world of poetry. Never before have so many Muslim voices in contemporary poetry been collected in the same place. It’s a powerful contribution to the poetry scene.' - William Sieghart Founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day Author of The Poetry Pharmacy The poets in this anthology are seekers, 'A Kaleidoscope of Stories is a volume to celebrate in the world of poetry. Never before have so many Muslim voices in contemporary poetry been collected in the same place. It’s a powerful contribution to the poetry scene.' - William Sieghart Founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day Author of The Poetry Pharmacy The poets in this anthology are seekers, teachers, artists, parents, activists and much more. From every continent and spanning generations, their collective experiences appear in verses of love, devotion, grief and healing, as they take us on a journey through cityscapes and the natural beauty of the world we live in. Through their insights and inspirations we find ourselves in London, New York, Istanbul, Fez, Damascus and Makka, in mosques and at sacred sites, in deserts, mountains, and under towering redwoods, in heart-opening moments of connection. Their poetry navigates all the seasons of life, reflecting and meditating through their outward and inward pilgrimages upon our relationships to those around us and to the Divine.  A KALEIDOSCOPE OF STORIES – Muslim Voices in Contemporary Poetry brings together the myriad voices of eighty Muslim poets from diverse backgrounds to powerfully articulate what it means to be Muslim in the modern world. It provides a platform for Muslim voices to be heard speaking about their experiences in their own words, and offers an antidote to the stereotyped, one-dimensional portrayal of Muslims we see so often in the media. The anthology gives the reader a glimpse of the thoughts, hopes and challenges of those who see the world through two or more cultural lenses, and provides an authentically Muslim space for the expression of our spiritual, social and personal lives. It brings together the verses of multi-generational voices exploring themes including love and loss, identity and belonging and Islamic spirituality. Half of the profits from this publication will go to charity to provide food and clean water to those in need. 'This stupendous kaleidoscope of contemporary Muslim poetry transports the reader vertically and horizontally through a constellation of scintillating worlds that stretch and extend the imagination. Every voyage leads to deeper faculties of perception and feeling and a fuller sense of what it means to be a human being seeking meaning, purpose, wonder and wisdom. By bringing together this extensive collection of poems, Lote Tree Press has rendered a tremendous service to present and future generations of reflecting hearts and minds.' - Luqman Ali Artistic Director of Khayaal Theatre Company 'A Kaleidoscope of Stories takes you on a journey of contemporary voices of emerging experiences, reflections and musings, primarily from a Western Muslim perspective. There are the voices of wisdom such as the late Abdal-Hayy Moore and Abdalhamid Evans and the more youthful Raqaya Esime Fetuga. Then there are those who travel the tightrope of diversity, difference and change, and of course many of the poems reflect the deeply felt spiritual journeys that come both with elation, longing and even pain… This collection is about the here and now, the people who have followed the same paths as you, who struggle with the same struggles and who have opened their hearts in verse. I think the variety of experiences reflected in the collection will appeal to different moods and will resonate in particular with those, like me, who are not so able to put similar feelings down on paper… As my late husband would often say those that we consider to be classical writers today such as the Shakespeares and the John Donnes or the Hafiz and Rumi were in their day contemporaries of their time, space and context writing what they saw, felt and experienced. The future classical poets, writers and Muslim commentators are emerging right now and it is so exciting to witness it.' - Humera Khan An-Nisa Society ‘This 532 page anthology is comprised of poems from 80 mostly contemporary Muslim poets writing in English and from a few pioneers who have left this transitory realm, such as our dear brother, Daniel Abd al-Hayy Moore رحمه الله. One of the ground-breaking features of this unique anthology is that about half of its contributors are women … This should be among the required texts for classes in contemporary Islam and transnational literature.’ - Dr. Alan ʿAbd al-Haqq Godlas, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Georgia 'The editors of this edition, and the poets within its pages, are to be commended for allowing those of us whose tongue is English to receive a drink from the cup of unity and eternal love.' - Baraka Blue, Poet, Director of Rumi Center for Spirituality and the Arts


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'A Kaleidoscope of Stories is a volume to celebrate in the world of poetry. Never before have so many Muslim voices in contemporary poetry been collected in the same place. It’s a powerful contribution to the poetry scene.' - William Sieghart Founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day Author of The Poetry Pharmacy The poets in this anthology are seekers, 'A Kaleidoscope of Stories is a volume to celebrate in the world of poetry. Never before have so many Muslim voices in contemporary poetry been collected in the same place. It’s a powerful contribution to the poetry scene.' - William Sieghart Founder of the Forward Prizes for Poetry and National Poetry Day Author of The Poetry Pharmacy The poets in this anthology are seekers, teachers, artists, parents, activists and much more. From every continent and spanning generations, their collective experiences appear in verses of love, devotion, grief and healing, as they take us on a journey through cityscapes and the natural beauty of the world we live in. Through their insights and inspirations we find ourselves in London, New York, Istanbul, Fez, Damascus and Makka, in mosques and at sacred sites, in deserts, mountains, and under towering redwoods, in heart-opening moments of connection. Their poetry navigates all the seasons of life, reflecting and meditating through their outward and inward pilgrimages upon our relationships to those around us and to the Divine.  A KALEIDOSCOPE OF STORIES – Muslim Voices in Contemporary Poetry brings together the myriad voices of eighty Muslim poets from diverse backgrounds to powerfully articulate what it means to be Muslim in the modern world. It provides a platform for Muslim voices to be heard speaking about their experiences in their own words, and offers an antidote to the stereotyped, one-dimensional portrayal of Muslims we see so often in the media. The anthology gives the reader a glimpse of the thoughts, hopes and challenges of those who see the world through two or more cultural lenses, and provides an authentically Muslim space for the expression of our spiritual, social and personal lives. It brings together the verses of multi-generational voices exploring themes including love and loss, identity and belonging and Islamic spirituality. Half of the profits from this publication will go to charity to provide food and clean water to those in need. 'This stupendous kaleidoscope of contemporary Muslim poetry transports the reader vertically and horizontally through a constellation of scintillating worlds that stretch and extend the imagination. Every voyage leads to deeper faculties of perception and feeling and a fuller sense of what it means to be a human being seeking meaning, purpose, wonder and wisdom. By bringing together this extensive collection of poems, Lote Tree Press has rendered a tremendous service to present and future generations of reflecting hearts and minds.' - Luqman Ali Artistic Director of Khayaal Theatre Company 'A Kaleidoscope of Stories takes you on a journey of contemporary voices of emerging experiences, reflections and musings, primarily from a Western Muslim perspective. There are the voices of wisdom such as the late Abdal-Hayy Moore and Abdalhamid Evans and the more youthful Raqaya Esime Fetuga. Then there are those who travel the tightrope of diversity, difference and change, and of course many of the poems reflect the deeply felt spiritual journeys that come both with elation, longing and even pain… This collection is about the here and now, the people who have followed the same paths as you, who struggle with the same struggles and who have opened their hearts in verse. I think the variety of experiences reflected in the collection will appeal to different moods and will resonate in particular with those, like me, who are not so able to put similar feelings down on paper… As my late husband would often say those that we consider to be classical writers today such as the Shakespeares and the John Donnes or the Hafiz and Rumi were in their day contemporaries of their time, space and context writing what they saw, felt and experienced. The future classical poets, writers and Muslim commentators are emerging right now and it is so exciting to witness it.' - Humera Khan An-Nisa Society ‘This 532 page anthology is comprised of poems from 80 mostly contemporary Muslim poets writing in English and from a few pioneers who have left this transitory realm, such as our dear brother, Daniel Abd al-Hayy Moore رحمه الله. One of the ground-breaking features of this unique anthology is that about half of its contributors are women … This should be among the required texts for classes in contemporary Islam and transnational literature.’ - Dr. Alan ʿAbd al-Haqq Godlas, Associate Professor of Religion, University of Georgia 'The editors of this edition, and the poets within its pages, are to be commended for allowing those of us whose tongue is English to receive a drink from the cup of unity and eternal love.' - Baraka Blue, Poet, Director of Rumi Center for Spirituality and the Arts

37 review for A Kaleidoscope of Stories - Muslim Voices in Contemporary Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miroku Nemeth

    I have to say that this is such a beautiful and worthy work. I wish that I had had something like this when I was exploring poetry and comparative religions in my youth or when I converted to Islam 27 years ago. It would have shown me so much more of a broad expanse of what it was to be Muslim and what it was to be human among so many diverse tribes of human beings, and what it was to make art as part of a collective that celebrates that rich human tapestry. It really is groundbreaking in many w I have to say that this is such a beautiful and worthy work. I wish that I had had something like this when I was exploring poetry and comparative religions in my youth or when I converted to Islam 27 years ago. It would have shown me so much more of a broad expanse of what it was to be Muslim and what it was to be human among so many diverse tribes of human beings, and what it was to make art as part of a collective that celebrates that rich human tapestry. It really is groundbreaking in many ways, and I thank the editors for reaching out to me and all the other poets in the group to create this anthology. It is not only deeply personally treasured by me for its memorial value for my son, Omar, who passed on January 3, 2018, may Allah give him eternal peace and light, but because the blessing of the great late poet and my mentor Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore's presence also echos throughout the pages, both in his own words and those of his students. It is a magnificent work, and it deserves to be recognized as such. I have submitted four of my poems from the anthology, and they are in memorial of my son, but most of the other poems in the anthology speak of wonder and beauty and with multitudinous voices that I believe should be heard. Most of us have been touched by the great tradition of Sufi poetry, and it was a doorway to Islam for me, and still is one of my greatest passions. I think if you appreciate that genre, or to know how Muslims live in the "West" and make art, or if you just love poetry, this is something you would want on your shelves. Here is one of my poems: "I love you" Omar, when I kissed your forehead for the last time, It was your forehead, my son, though it seemed cold. Your eyes were still your eyes. Even though they were closed, And the doctors and nurses said you were dead. Your hair was still your lion’s hair, Your dreadlocks soft and beautiful. I stroked them again and again, In the endless two minutes they allowed us, Like I stroked your soft head, new to the world, As a baby, putting you to sleep or just loveholding You in my proudfatherarms. You were still perfect. You were still beautiful. Even with the blood from the tracheotomy, Even with the blood in your nose and mouth, Your perfect mouth that only truly spoke In broad smiles, or grins that said I love you, Or in poetry or to condemn injustice, Or to say clearly like your true last words to me, “I love you, Baba”. You were still perfect with your Nubian mother Praying in Arabic and crying over you, Her firstborn son's blood forever unwiped from her cheek. You were still beautiful while I continued to stroke Your lion’s mane with my left hand, and for the last time, Ran my right hand gently (O gentle boy, O kind man), Over your head, your cheeks, your chin, down your neck, Down to your warrior shoulder (O warrior, I heard your deathsong), Caressing your warrior arm only as the father of a warrior Mourning mourning before he carried you in your burial shroud, Mourning mourning but touching you for the last time, Letting my hand travel down your forearm, That strong forearm of an Eskrimador, Until I reached your hand, Omar, Measured it against my hand, Father. Son. Hand touching hand for the last time. And your hand was mine, but so much bigger, And so much more perfect.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

    Amazing book with great poetry and stories! Definitely recommend.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Fitzgerald

    Reading poetry of the heart can be healing in these times. My thanks to the editor for collecting these gems.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nargis Latif

    Amazing compilation of poems

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rashida

    A beautiful and diverse collection of poems that speak to ebb and flow of spirituality and our deepest desires to be closer to humanity, the earth and the blessings of the most divine. The collection is large which is perfect for slow reading, good tea and deep reflection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Hina Anum

    Such a beautiful collection of modern poetry from the Muslim world. A joy to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Iljas Baker

    Although I have two poems in this book, this fact in no way influences my review. It is a beautiful book, obviously a work of love. Rabia Spiker has written a beautiful Preface. The poems are many and varied. Obviously not everyone will like all of the poems but there's enough variety for everyone to find a lot that they will like, maybe even love – deeply personal, mystical and political poems in various styles written by poets from many countries and ethnicities. This is a book to own and to d Although I have two poems in this book, this fact in no way influences my review. It is a beautiful book, obviously a work of love. Rabia Spiker has written a beautiful Preface. The poems are many and varied. Obviously not everyone will like all of the poems but there's enough variety for everyone to find a lot that they will like, maybe even love – deeply personal, mystical and political poems in various styles written by poets from many countries and ethnicities. This is a book to own and to dip into randomly perhaps from time to time. A book to inform and inspire readers.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nura Tarmann

    The poems are varied, beautifully written and touch on matters of the heart eloquently. Worth reading over and over again. Something new will come up every time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Mel Aitkenhead

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joel Hayward

  11. 5 out of 5

    Murtaza Humayun

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Amer

  13. 4 out of 5

    Gary Allen

  14. 5 out of 5

    A. Tarmann

  15. 5 out of 5

    Zafar A

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rita Sousa

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amal Ismail

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ervina Bajrami

  19. 4 out of 5

    Igrowastreesgrow

  20. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Stevens

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dulcie

  22. 5 out of 5

    Iskandar Soekardi

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yusuf Yearwood

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aya Mouqed

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin Wehrenberg

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hashim Shamsi

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ioana G

  28. 5 out of 5

    Serign

  29. 5 out of 5

    積ん読 (هالة)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Masoud Ali

  31. 5 out of 5

    Zahra

  32. 4 out of 5

    Omar Mohammad

  33. 5 out of 5

    Fahima Nizam

  34. 4 out of 5

    Selona N.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Yasmein

  36. 4 out of 5

    Safia Khatoun

  37. 4 out of 5

    Huda

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