Praise for War / Torn:
“War / Torn mourns, loves and burns all the derogatory impulses of our continuous present. This book is of and against our time. War / Torn is a breathless elegy in the most defiantly tender poetics you can imagine.”
—Jordan Scott, author of Night & Ox, and winner of the Latner Poetry Prize by the Writer’s Trust of Canada
“War / Torn reminds us of how dexterous and wholly embracing poetry can be. In the hands of Hasan Namir, poetry spans from origin stories to the afterlife; it holds blessings and erotic provocations, fear and forgiveness, and tangled tangled love.” —Amber Dawn, author of Sodom Road Exit
“Written in emotional and visceral language Hasan Namir’s poems are bold, exploring the harsh expectations of masculinity, the battles we wage in our worlds large and small, and the holiness in desire. In these poems there are no dichotomies. but the full breadth of human experience, from the roughest to the tenderest moments.” —Dina Del Bucchia, author of It’s a Big Deal!
“War / Torn collides and bridges together worlds of chaos and love and sex and violence and lust and hope. Beautiful, heartbreaking and an unflinching look at the terrifying reality of homophobia, war and shame. A collection of poems that asks how do we reconcile all the parts of our identities and histories, with the sincerity and caring touch only Hasan can bring to it.” —Daniel Zomparelli, Founder of Poetry Is Dead
“Precise and relentless in its interrogation of doctrine, intimacy, and masculinities, Hasan Namir’s poetry is informed by violence and infused with tenderness. War/ Torn slashes perception to ribbons and cradles the remains.” —Carleigh Baker, author of Bad Endings
Press Coverage for War/Torn:
Spring 2019 Announcements: Poetry —Publishers Weekly
20 works of Canadian poetry to check out in spring 2019 —CBC Books
2019 Forthcoming Poetry Books by Queer People of Color —Luther Hughes
Most Anticipated: Our 2019 Spring Poetry Preview —49th Shelf
Hasan Namir was born in Iraq in 1987. He graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in English and received the Ying Chen Creative Writing Student Award. He is the author of God in Pink (2015), which won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Fiction and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Books of 2015 by The Globe and Mail. His work has also been featured on Huffington Post, Shaw TV, Airbnb, and in the film God in Pink: A Documentary. He lives with his husband in Vancouver.
April 10, 2019 | Poetry
7.75×5.25 inches | 116 pages
Trade Paper: 9781771664936