Self-Portrait As Ruth by Jasmine Donahaye
(Salt Modern Poets S.)

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"Self-Portrait as Ruth" is a provocative collection exploring the subject of Israel-Palestine in sharp, accessible poems that eschew the conventional language or orientation of either Zionist or Palestinian solidarity. Rooted in a Jewish family history that reaches into nineteenth-century Ottoman Palestine, "Self-Portrait as Ruth" is written in defiance of all 'official' versions of Israeli or Palestinian history. Polemical in places, the densely, painfully political subject matter is humanised throughout by a weaving together of individual and community, family and tribe, lover and self, nation and landscape. These poems are interrogations of the first person possessive - of claims, both singular and plural, to land, to identity, to history, and to the body - and of wounds and victimisation, both unique and collective. A challenging, aching, honest exploration of culpability, this lament will incite controversy and debate, making uncomfortable reading for partisans and non-partisans alike.

About Jasmine Donahaye

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Jasmine Donahaye has published poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and scholarship. Her first collection, Misappropriations, was shortlisted for the Jerwood Aldeburgh first collection prize in 2006, and her monograph Whose People? Wales, Israel, Palestine published by the University of Wales Press.
Published November 1, 2009 by Salt Publishing. 64 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This week, we visit Jerusalem in the company of Jasmine Donahaye, whose poem "The bus to Ramallah" is from her second collection, Self-portrait as Ruth, published by Salt in 2009.

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