Online purchasing info found below.
For Ottawa locals, both ‘rose-water syrup’, as well as ‘the incense(d) heart’ are available at:
°Venus Envy° (226 Bank St)
°Perfect Books°(258 Elgin St)
°Books on Beechwood° (35 Beechwood Ave)
°Octopus Books° (116 Third Ave)
°Singing Pebble Books° (206 Main St)
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the incense(d) heart is Maha’s second collection of poetry, published in 2021. Like rose-water syrup, it too is a best seller.
This exquisite collection of poems from Palestinian-Canadian Maha Zimmo presents the reader with jewelled vignettes from Zimmo’s lived experiences of relationships under conditions of diaspora, misogyny, and challenges to and of faith. The politics of friendships, lovers, and bodies are sinuously interwoven with fragrant imagery symbolizing the continuity of family history.
The beautiful imagery of these poems does not conceal the piercing insights that lie like thorns in each delectable verse.
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Her work looks at the intersections of being a Muslim, Palestinian, immigrant, feminist. She discusses the colonized mind, and the heart of a lover.
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Kenza Saadi for Sister-hood Magazine: “I felt all my senses come alive as I was reading through her words. It is an incredible sensation. Equally, her poetry rings with a clarity and an innocence that I have seldom seen in this age of so much pretension. Reading Maha´s poetry is a beautiful, even if sometimes heart-wrenching, voyage. Take it.”
Julie S. Lalonde (Award-winning feminist buzzkill): “Maha is a feminist, immigrant, Muslim poet and “rose-water syrup” is an absolute must. I’ve included two of my favourite poems here, but it’s 80+ pages of brilliance.”
Jessica Ava Harn for The Muslim Vibe: “rose-water syrup is the perfect response to the greater need for Muslim creativity, as it weaves together faith, love, and an important female voice to create a masterpiece of poetry.”
Mary Barnet (Founder and Editor in Chief of Poetry Magazine): “In her autobiographical work she identifies herself over and over again, as a woman As a memoirist in each individual poem and often groups of poems, her work resembles that of George Orwell in Homage to Catalonia Orwell’s gripping tale of his days during the Spanish Civil War. […] This is definitely a Feminist telling of the refugees early and later life. This is the history, growing up and later years of a very strong woman. This is a book to read and experience, to see the […] life of a strong but peaceful Muslim who seeks a life away from violence. Please, if you wish to understand the effect on a woman of war and hatred, read it!”