Author: Philip Metres
Publisher: Alice James Books (2015)
Sand Opera emerges from the dizzying position of being named but unheard as an Arab American and out of the parallel sense of seeing Arabs named and silenced since 9/11. Polyvocal poems, arias, and redacted text speak for the unheard. Philip Metres exposes our common humanity while investigating the dehumanizing perils of war and its lasting effect on our culture.
"Sand Opera is what political poetry must be like today in our age of seemingly permanent war."
Sand Opera received Honorable Mention for the Arab American Book Award 2016, four years after its first section, "abu ghraib arias," in chapbook format, won the Arab American Book Award in 2012.