Tahrir Suite is a book-length poem that contemplates immigration, homeland, and diaspora in the twenty-first century. The poem, inspired by recent events in Egypt, cycles through the journey of two Egyptians moving across borders, languages, cultures, landscapes, and political systems while their life in the U.S. diaspora evolves and their home country undergoes revolutionary change. Written from a perspective and about a place that is virtually unexplored in contemporary American poetry, Tahrir Suite works to capture the complicated essence of what it means to be from a specific place that is experiencing such radical change and how our understandings of home and place constantly evolve. Tahrir Suite is a musical meditation on what it means to be a global citizen in contemporary times.
Matthew Shenoda is the author of the poetry collections Seasons of Lotus, Seasons of Bone (2009) and Somewhere Else (2005), which won the American Book Award. He is currently Associate Dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts at Columbia College, Chicago, USA.