The Indian Never Had a Horse & Other Poems

By Etel Adnan


The Post-Apollo Press
Original Language(s)
Additional Credits
Cover art by Russell Chatham
Design by Scott Freutel
Art, Poetry
Edition, Year
First Edition, 1995
In Print

Illustrated with etchings by Russell Chatham

The poems come from Albuquerque, Beirut, Damascus, the Amazon Basin, the air over Hiroshima, the burial grounds both honored and dishonored all over the world.  Counterposed to violence and destruction, these poems offer witness and harbor in love.

Etel Adnan
Etel Adnan was born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1925. She is a celebrated writer, essayist, and playwright, and is the author of more than twenty books in all these disciplines. Her work as a whole is a ... Read More

Praise for The Indian Never Had a Horse & Other Poems

Etel Adnan is betting her own discrete rhythms against the rivers of blood that wind their way through this century. The Indian Never Had a Horse is a breathing in and out of that history, over the years. Adnan is as quick among the many dead as we are quick to move gracefully in an embrace, or to be plucked from it. These poems are a warning, an entreaty, an acknowledgement of where we find ourselves. And they are an act of love.

— Jane Creighton

She has an exceptional gift for the mystical delineation of an immediate experience and achieves an otherworldly density of image, line after line. Etel Adnan with this book of poems establishes herself as a major poet who belongs beside internationally established poets like Tranströmer, Bly, Neruda, Vallejo, and Pessoa.

— Eric Sellin, Celfan Review

Throughout the seven sections that are woven into a unified whole, Adnan displays a remarkable sensibility for the precise details that fuse the landscapes of individual and social nightmares. Through an ingenious synthesis of the best elements of the surrealist, cut-up and Language schools of writing, Adnan has attained a unique poetic voice.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Adnan is the first woman in Arab literary history who has addressed her love poetry to a woman, first in “Five Senses For One Death” and then in “Love Poems,” both in The Indian Never Had a Horse & Other Poems.

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