from the warring factions


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The long awaited second edition of from the warring factions brings back into print Ammiel Alcalay’s book-length poem dedicated to the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, site of the massacre of some seven thousand Muslim men and boys in 1995. This daring blend of lyric and document remaps the world we inherit, from native New England to the Roman Empire, from the Gulf War to Palestine and the Balkans. The late Adrienne Rich has called from the warring factions the “kind of poem I’ve been waiting to read.” And in her new introduction, Diane di Prima writes “This book forced me to redefine my life.” Accompanied by an extensive discussion between Alcalay and poet Benjamin Hollander, as well as a new preface by the author, this edition brings an essential text of the post–9/11 world back into the conversation.

Poet, novelist, translator, critic, and scholar, Ammiel Alcalay is deputy chair of the PhD program in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, and former chair of Classical, Middle Eastern & Asian Languages & Cultures at Queens College. He is the founder and general editor, under the auspices of the PhD program in English and the Center for the Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center, of Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and has edited texts by Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, Diane di Prima, and Joanne Kyger for the series.


Fred Dewey is a writer, teacher, editor and activist based in Los Angeles. He directed Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center for fifteen years, from 1995 to 2010, building its archive, readings, festivals, events, and publications, and founded Beyond Baroque Books, editing and publishing over nineteen books and anthologies.

“A visionary writer and poet.”

—Wilson Harris


“from the warring factions is a book without questions; a book that answers itself and, in this way it is a useful and complete book for our time, a kind of text-book.”

—Fanny Howe


“There is in Ammiel Alcalay’s work an unabashed tenderness for the world as it is, and that makes him courageous, different.”

—Etel Adnan

Distributed for UpSet Press.