The Consequences of My Body
Poetry | $15.95
paperback, 160 pages, 6 x 8 in
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 978-1-937658-50-2

This sequence of short lyrics explores love, the most ancient of subjects in the most contemporary and immediate way

The varying poetics of both ancient and modern Arabic poetry inflect this book-long exploration of the materiality of the body, negotiating the terrain of love!and its denials. Zaher explores the landscape of life fraught with disappointments and occasional triumphs through fragments, lyrics, metatextual pauses, stutterings, translations of ancient poetry and the occasional late-night email. This epic foray into fraught emotional territory is alive with Zaher’s particular gift of keen observation, deft whimsy and superb intelligence.

Totally alive, funny, sharp, shapely, and never dull - Wayne Koestenbaum


In "Consequences of My Body," Maged Zaher uses his poetry and prose to tackle both traditional and new explorations of eros. His lyrical outbursts and stark, dry declarative statements illuminate romance in a way that clinical discussions cannot hope to duplicate.—Joseph Sills, Aljadid