The Good Arabs (PDF)


by Eli Tareq El-Bechelany Lynch
Publication date: September 21, 2021

Swinging from post-explosion Beirut to a Parc-Extension balcony in summer, the verse and prose poems in The Good Arabs ground the reader in place, language, and the body. Peeling and rinsing radishes. Dancing as a pre-teen to Nancy Ajram. Being drenched in stares on the city bus. The collection is an interlocking and rich offering of the speaker’s communities, geographical surroundings both expansive and precise, and family both biological and chosen.

The Good Arabs gifts the reader with insight into cycles and repetition in ourselves and our broken nations. This genre-defying collection maps Arab and trans identity through the immensity of experience felt in one body, the sorrow of citizens let down by their countries, and the garbage crisis in Lebanon. Ultimately, it shows how we might love amid dismay, adore the pungent and the ugly, and exist in our multiplicity across spaces.

Also available in print.


Author: Eli Tareq El-Bechelany Lynch
Price: $9.99
ISBN: 9781777485207

Cover art by Lee Lai; cover design by LOKI

  • PDF
  • 208 pages
  • Publication date: September 21, 2021

“Reading El Bechelany-Lynch, you are reminded to come with tenderness to the work of ordinary things so that something larger and more lasting can begin.” – Canisia Lubrin