2017 is not the time to blink

A Modest Apocalypse


Hassan Melehy's debut collection is a blistering retort to the Eisenhower America that drove his literary heroes half-mad, expressed in a taut, sometimes furious, savage lyricism of a man born with a Arab name at a time of growing hate. Exploring sexual desire, love, literary taste, and diving into the franco-American lingo of Kerouac, this is a discomfiting, passionate, and original expression of the Beat world for a 21st century in need of voices of protest.

Melehy has lived all over the United States and traveled extensively in Europe. His poems have appeared in The Hat, Nthposition, Borderlands, Redheaded Stepchild, and The New Formalist, among other journals. He has written three books of literary criticism, most recently Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory (Bloomsbury). He teaches French and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.