Haram by Antony Fangary is a chapbook-length collection of poems & prayers.
“Through even psychic journeys home, Fangary quarries the oaths we have grown numb to. Hiding from no one, here is a wanderer who has written poems on the film layer of his eyes. In the war and peace of imperialist myth, poems written on behalf of we who don’t exist. And gentle paper for the prayers of our grandmothers’ tongues.”
-Tongo Eisen-Martin, author of the American Book Award winning
“Antony Fangary has a unique and harrowing American story to tell. His masterstroke as author was to alternate Coptic prayers with personal revelation: “my father was proud of my skin when I was born / my mother says he showed me to everyone in the hospital / a brown man with a son white as an ostrich egg / the American dream // Lord, look with / Merciful eyes / At my weakness / At my disgrace.” This book is the perfect example of the literature we should be reading, to open our eyes to the world and thereby to know ourselves.”
-Paul Hoover, editor of Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology
Antony Fangary holds an MFA from San Francisco State University and is a recipient of the Ina Coolbrith Poetry Prize. You can also find his recent work in Waccamaw, The Bookends Review, Anomaly, Welter, and more. He is curator of the Tenderlovin’ in the TL reading series. The series also serves as a community outreach program that provides charity for displaced individuals in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco.