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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > April 2016 > Songs of Exile

Songs of Exile

Bänoo Zan

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Bänoo Zan immigrated to Canada in 2010 from Iran, where she taught English literature. The poems in her debut collection are not overtly autobiographical, but nevertheless powerfully convey the immigrant experience. The language is spare, but the poems are not slight. Repetition across and within poems gives them an incantatory quality and a mesmerizing effect: “Flames are together / fire is alone / Feathers are together / phoenix is alone / Phoenix loves death / Fire loves life …”

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