To the Middle of Love – Omar Sabbagh
In his fourth full collection, Omar Sabbagh’s finely tuned ear is increasingly accute to the nuances of love and life, belonging and exile. His voice is distinctive, sharp, intense and the cool turn of phrase belies the daring, passion and constant push against the darkness concealed beneath the surface of every line. Honest, thoughtful and with an instinctive grasp of the human condition, To the Middle of Love is a vivid collection that startles, challenges and delights at every turn.
“Omar Sabbagh writes with rare intensity and generosity. Ideas and images overflow the lines of his verse, as well as their own boundaries, in a Shelleyan helter-skelter. Like Shelley, Sabbagh believes in the transformative power of poetry; unlike Shelley, he is also in love with language itself.”
Dr. Omar Sabbagh is a widely published poet and critic. His work has appeared in, amongst others, Poetry Review, Poetry Wales, The London Magazine, Lighthouse, and Envoi. He has published several poetry collections with Cinnamon Press, including, But It Was an Important Failure and To the Middle of Love, as well as this debut fiction novella, Via Negativa — a parable of exile. His latest collection with Cinnamon is Morning Lit: Portals After Alia, Spring 2022. He has published critical essays on a number of writers, including George Eliot, Lawrence Durrell, and Henry Miller. Omar has a PhD in English Literature from King’s College London and is presently an Assistant Professor in English at the American University in Dubai.