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Oyster Mountain

Publisher: Nine-Banded Books

Author: Jalal El-Kadali

Release Date: October 31 2020

Price: $10.00

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SKU: NA-0022

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6 x 9 | 104 pages

Follow the science into a panic room whose walls are the fear of death. It has a window you duck down beneath, the fibro rattling like an n-dimensional membrane as thin glass shatters to ornament your back like that of a stegosaurus. But you will survive as those brainless dragons did for aye—and look, the toilet altar stands unshaken.


Oyster Mountain is a resounding answer to a pronounced contemplation, that of the avant poet’s place in an increasingly decentralized art culture. Jalal’s preoccupations are cosmic and vast, incorporating narrative forms, comical sleight-of-hand, and zeitgeist subversion into a kaleidoscopic immersion that provokes and interrogates the existential dimensions of a modernity awash with mythic, historical and oneiric preconceptions and archetypes. It is poetic as it is intensely philosophical and metalinguistic. A logophile’s poet, Jalal’s language is romantic and lush, abounding with startling juxtapositions and enigmatic semiotics, images of history being forged and cobbled and trampled in a stampede. More than poetry, Oyster Mountain has the texture and breadth of inquiry, of erotic tableaux. It is a sensory spectacle haunted by travels spiritual and physical and tortured illuminations.

–Manuel Marrero, Expat Press

El-Kadali has remarkable skill at creating poetic imagery that evokes immediate, visceral emotion from the reader.

–William Duryea


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