Deluge

Deluge Review

In her early twenties, Leila Chatti started bleeding and did not stop. Physicians referred to this bleeding as flooding. In the Qur’an, as in the Bible, the Flood was sent as punishment. The idea of disease as punishment drives this collection’s themes of shame, illness, grief, and gender, transmuting religious narratives through the lens of a young Arab-American woman suffering a taboo female affliction. Deluge investigates the childhood roots of faith and desire alongside their present day enactments. Chatti’s remarkably direct voice makes use of innovative poetic form to gaze unflinchingly at what she was taught to keep hidden. This powerful piece of life-writing depicts Chatti’s journey from diagnosis to surgery and remission in meticulous chronology that binds body to spirit and advocates for the salvation of both. Chatti blends personal narrative, religious imagery, and medical terminology in a chronicle of illness, womanhood, and faith.

Title:Deluge
Edition Language:English

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    Deluge Reviews

  • Basia

    Leila Chatti is a master weaver. Fierce and astute, Chatti stitches together aesthetics, motifs, and stories of women of Islam and Catholicism, creating a meticulous overlay that does not cloak but in...

  • Bryce Emley

    "I've known men but never a god / that bled and lived. But I did."...

  • Ashly Curtis

    This collection is a deeply raw and personal reflection of something incredibly painful. Chatti brings her experience to the reader beautifully, honestly. I’m a big fan of this poet and one thing I ...

  • Karla Strand

    Tunisian American poet Leila Chatti’s powerful poems center her faith, illness, embodiment, shame and womanhood. This is a collection to be reckoned with....

  • Amy

    One of the tightest, best arranged and contained books of poetry I've read. Chatti takes her readers on a journey from suffering, to engagement with doctors and diagnosis, to treatment, and finally he...

  • Mr.Ellenbogen

    Chatti's book is an unusual and compelling mix of the medical, sexual and (ir)religious. At least somewhat autobiographical in nature, she recounts in poems her own medical struggle and how it conflic...

  • Adriana

    EXEGESISI bled. God didn’twant to hear about it. He said uncleanand so it was. He said it isharm, and so it was.Want to hear about it? He said unclean.Once a woman wanted, so he didher harm. And so...

  • Yukti

    I am so moved by this book. I took my time and savored each poem. When it began with "From the depths I have cried out to you, O Lord", I knew it was going to break me. This book should be assigned re...

  • K.C. Bratt-Pfotenhauer

    Ever since I came across Leila Chatti's work, I have been looking forward to getting her collection, and it did not disappoint. It's one of the best, most careful, and beautiful books I've read in my ...

  • Patrycja

    A stunning book that grapples with questions of faith, illness, and patriarchy. The poems are gorgeous, striking, thought-provoking. As I take in the book's cover, I am left wondering about how the bo...