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Hyphen Magazine reviews Dhaka Dust

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

“What’s so promising about Dhaka Dust is precisely that Ahmed never evades our contemporary moment, taking on a globalizing, anxiety-stricken world while always focusing on the contradictory ways that her speakers live through them. Over the course of these poems, Ahmed subtly crafts the emotionally complex terrain that captures the sprawl and dislocation that shape our early 21st century psychology.” –Hyphen Magazine review of Dhaka Dust










New York Times reviews Dhaka Dust

Monday, September 5th, 2011
"Though she’s American, Ms. Ahmed makes it clear that she’s been honed and haunted by her ghost homeland, Bangladesh. But that knowledge offers small solace, only dual exile...." 
--"Poets’ Visions of America From the Inside and Out," The New York Times









Review of DHAKA DUST on Poetry Foundation blog

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Rigoberto Gonzales reviews Dhaka Dust on Harriet, the Poetry Foundation’s blog: “Harriet readers, put Dhaka Dust on your must-have list this season.”






Dhaka Dust | Graywolf Press, July 2011

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Dhaka Dust

Ranging across Europe and America to the streets of Bangladesh, the sharp-edged poems in Dhaka Dust are culled from a rich mélange of languages, people, and poetic attitudes. Voices of villagers resonate alongside those of global travelers, joining the search for an elusive homeland in small towns and cities alike. Vendors hawk their wares at a bazaar in Dhaka. Gyms in Ohio double as mosques for displaced immigrants. In Ahmed’s skillful hands, these disparate subjects adroitly capture the textures of life in this new century.