Dunya Mikhail

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Iraqi poet Dunya Mikhail has published four collections in Arabic and two in English translation. As part of National Poetry Month, she reads from her most recent work, Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea. “These are political poems without political rhetoric, Arabic poems without Arabic poetical flourishes, an exile’s letter with neither nostalgia nor self-pity, an excavation of the ruins of her homeland,” wrote the judges of the Griffin Prize, for which Mikhail was short-listed in 2006.