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Divide and Rule

Divide and Rule

By Walid Bitar
Categories: Poetry
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781770563056, 72 pages, March 2012
Ebook (PDF) : 9781770563049, 72 pages, March 2012
Paperback : 9781552452547, 96 pages, March 2012
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In Divide and Rule, Walid Bitar delivers a sequence of dramatic monologues, variations on the theme of power, each in rhymed quatrains. Though the pieces grow out of Bitar’s personal experiences over the last decade, both in North America and the Middle East, he is not primarily a confessional writer. His work might be called cubist, the perspectives constantly shifting, point followed by counterpoint, subtle phrase by savage outburst. Bitar’s enigmatic speakers are partially rational creatures, have some need to explain, and may succeed in partially explaining, but, in the end, communication and subterfuge are inseparable – must, so to speak, co-exist.