"Nada Faris seamlessly combines lyric language, philosophy, and politics. These poems are full of linguistic surprises and avoid mere proselytizing at every turn. Faris has a message-and one we should hear-but the message never overtakes the beauty of her ample poetic imagination. These are poems to be read and read again, important and striking in a multitude of ways." Okla Elliott, author of FROM THE CROOKED TIMBER ******** "Nada Faris's Fountain of Youth is a searing, scintillating account of a highly clique-ish society rife with contradictions, hypocrisies and intransigence. She dissects it resourcefully and offers it to the reader raw and unblinged. From the witty analogies to titles from English and American Literature ("Red Wheelbarrow" and "To Her Coy Mistress"), to the sharp, cutting references to local traditions and idioms -He kills the deceased and marches in his wake-to the twisted unexpected endings, to her caustic titles, Faris fuses contemporariness with the traditional in a melting pot of twisted inter-relationships. Faris succeeds in rendering the local global, and takes the reader on a candid multi-sensory journey through the Arabian Gulf." Dr. Shurooq Amin, artist, IT'S A MAN'S WORLD; poet, THE HANGING OF THE WIND ******** "'She stopped acting out / ablution before pretending to pray.' Faris's collection is an unapologetic statement about global and home affairs. Shame and war. Secrets and lies. Love and leaving. She shifts from the very intimate to the very public with ease and precision. An important voice for Arab women in the region." Rewa Zena, author of NIETZSCHE'S CAMEL MUST DIE: AN INVITATION TO SAY 'NO'
Concerned with endings, resonances, and aftermaths, 'Fountain of Youth' explores the mediation of an Arab female poet on the brink of change, documenting moments of transformation from adolescence to adulthood, from the immature stage of a mental disorder to its mature form, and from post-colonial conditions which led to the creation of a comfortable welfare state to globalization and its repercussions. Specifically, 'Fountain of Youth' questions what it means to be human after the global triumph of neoliberalism—and how our revision will help us rethink our ideas about youth/growth in the Middle East.