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Issue Details: First known date: 2023... 2023 Non-Essential Work
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'In this exciting follow-up to his acclaimed collection The Lost Arabs, award-winning poet Omar Sakr delves deep into his loves and losses to create a riveting literary experience. Asking questions of timeliness and timelessness, ranging between the present and the past, Non-Essential Work is a restless and relentless volume that showcases a poet unquestionably in his prime.'  (Publication summary)

Notes

  • Author's note: For Hannah, always

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Song Worth Singing : Omar Sakr’s Latest Collection Mike Ladd , 2024 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 464 2024; (p. 52-53)

— Review of Non-Essential Work Omar Sakr , 2023 selected work poetry

'The title of Omar Sakr’s latest collection references the Covid pandemic and comes from his prose poem ‘Diary of a Non-Essential Worker’. It also reminded me of Plato’s banning of the poets from his ideal republic, and Auden’s line that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’. Throughout Non-Essential Work, Sakr explores the limits of poetry and its function in society, questioning the value of his own art, letting us in on his doubts. In the poem ‘Your People Your Problem’, he asks: ‘What is a song worth singing here? / The silenced are listening.’ Despite these doubts, or perhaps because of them, he has achieved a powerful collection of lyric poetry, simultaneously political and intimate.' (Introduction)

The Poet’s Work John Kinsella , 2023 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , July 2023;

— Review of Non-Essential Work Omar Sakr , 2023 selected work poetry

'Omar Sakr’s Non-Essential Work is a book of love, often in the face of despair. It expresses a love for queerness, for moments of physical love, for flesh and desire, love for the poet’s wife, for his people and family, for friends and even strangers, and for God and the Prophet Muhammad.' (Introduction)

The Poet’s Work John Kinsella , 2023 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , July 2023;

— Review of Non-Essential Work Omar Sakr , 2023 selected work poetry

'Omar Sakr’s Non-Essential Work is a book of love, often in the face of despair. It expresses a love for queerness, for moments of physical love, for flesh and desire, love for the poet’s wife, for his people and family, for friends and even strangers, and for God and the Prophet Muhammad.' (Introduction)

Song Worth Singing : Omar Sakr’s Latest Collection Mike Ladd , 2024 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 464 2024; (p. 52-53)

— Review of Non-Essential Work Omar Sakr , 2023 selected work poetry

'The title of Omar Sakr’s latest collection references the Covid pandemic and comes from his prose poem ‘Diary of a Non-Essential Worker’. It also reminded me of Plato’s banning of the poets from his ideal republic, and Auden’s line that ‘poetry makes nothing happen’. Throughout Non-Essential Work, Sakr explores the limits of poetry and its function in society, questioning the value of his own art, letting us in on his doubts. In the poem ‘Your People Your Problem’, he asks: ‘What is a song worth singing here? / The silenced are listening.’ Despite these doubts, or perhaps because of them, he has achieved a powerful collection of lyric poetry, simultaneously political and intimate.' (Introduction)

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