Wanting in Arabic is a refusal of convenient silences, convenient stories. Concerned with not covering the tracks of her own metamorphosis, the author dwells in the contradictions of a transsexual poetics, in this attendand disfigurations of lyric, ghazal, l'ecriture feininine, and, in particular, her own sexed voice. Without a memory of her father's language, the questions her poems ask are those for a home known through photographs, for a language lost with childhood.
Braiding theoretical concerns with the ambivalences of sexed and raced identity, with profound romanticism, Wanting in Arabic attempts to travers the fantasies of foundational loss and aggressive nostalgia in order to further a poetics of a consious partiality of being, of generous struggle and comic rather than tragic misrecongition.
Born in Halifax and currently living in Toronto, Trish Salah is a poet, doctoral student, education worker and union activist. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Blood+Aphorisms, Blood Kiss: Vampire Erotica, Borderlines, Descant, The Diasporic Imagination, Queen Stree Quarterly, Ribsauce: a cd/anthology of words by women, Tessera, TNT: Transexual News Telegraph, Fireweed, Brazen: Transgressing Femme Identity, and Bent on Writing. Wanting in Arabic is her first book of poetry.
Reviews: Wanting in Arabic?rish Salah's poetic sequence is not simply a narrative of gender change; it's a wandering, thoughtful text, one both fierce and tremulous.??ERIN MOUR?-?The Globe and Mail?his is a beautiful and disturbing collection of poems, writing from the uncharted langscape of the third sex. Images of the rose, of the beloved, can they be made new? Yes indeed, Wanting in Arabic does just that.?04