Review: Sisters' Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud

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Sisters' Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud | Rating: ★★★★★

As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

Sisters' Entrance is a modern, poetic triumph. Simply breathtaking. Where to begin, where to begin, where to begin? I could not put down this collection by beloved slam-poet Emtithal Mahmoud. I just couldn't. Sisters' Entrance is packed with honest topics, expression and a voice that demands to be heard--and so many of us are listening. If you're looking for prose to move you, prose you feel aching in your bones for weeks after reading, this is the collection for you.

It's brutally honest. Thought-provoking. Every word hits you differently. Mahmoud has a voice unlike many in modern poetry and there's something utterly stunning about it. Sisters' Entrance reads like all good poetry should--with feeling, with intimacy, with connection. It is one of the best releases this year, both in poetry and in literature as a general scene.

Mahmoud has this way to her writing that feels so intimate. It cuts you, in a way. You're invited into the soul of each line. There's something so absorbing about her prose. Rich. Full of memories and of existence and pain and life. You feel what Mahmoud feels. You endure what many sections had to endure.

I cannot stress the importance of poetry. No matter the thoughts of readers, the similarities, the length, each poet has a story to tell. Sisters' Entrance is can't-miss-poetry and will move readers and remind them why we love prose to begin with. Emtithal Mahmoud's voice is so very important.

Now is the time for you to listen.

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