From A to Z

Etel Adnan

ISBN: 978-0942996-0-05 • $5.00 • 30 pp. • 1982

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A poem about everyday life in New York during the Three Mile Island nuclear accident; a subtle yet merciless indictment of nuclear war.



is it
is it
is it
that you prefer
the raven and the cow
to me
the language
and the



April is the cruelest month
and December
the darkest
Gone are the
East River
and the fallout sky
Manhattan is
instead of the SUN

Etel Adnan is an Arab-American poet and writer born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon. She studied at the Sorbonne in France, U.C. Berkeley, and Harvard and taught Philosophy at Dominican College in San Rafael, California. She is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry, essays, and cultural writings. She is a recipient of a 2010 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles National Literary Award. She divides her time between Sausalito, California; Paris; and Beirut.