New Review for THE CONSEQUENCES OF MY BODY by Maged Zaher
"Seattle-based poet Maged Zaher likes to send his poems swimming in this very fathomless arroyo, like the small, yet ancient pupfish of Death Valley, which I had the privilege and delight of saying hi to earlier this year. I also had the privilege and delight of spending time listening to Maged in his house, seated amidst books and plants, discussing the contemporary oral poetry of Egypt and the cumbersome hierarchies of software companies in the Pacific Northwest, over the most plump of pizza slices. So, as I began to read his newest offering The Consequences of My Body I imagined the poems in his voice, punctured by his frequent laughter, mimicking an ambulance siren.
Maged's work semaphores a complex yet necessary balance in the realm of contemporary poetics he is as much a sculptor of minutiae and momentary confessions as he is a weaver of larger sociopolitical crises and transactions, coating our solitary and collective worlds like quick-drying cement: each a very delicate skill. In his hands, the thread of any single line can easily be cross-stitched with another, seemingly disparate testimony and yet when perceived together, their combination is as revelatory as it is amusing, fragile, contradictory and yet all too relatable..." - Scherezade Siobhan for Berfrois