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‘Malak’ Is Newest Collection Of Cerebral Musings From Poet Jenny Sadre-Orafai

Jenny Sadre-Orafai says "Malak,” her newest collection of poetry, was inspired by her grandmother.
Jenny Sadre-Orafai says "Malak,” her newest collection of poetry, was inspired by her grandmother.
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The remains of Turkish coffee can signal an empty cup or it can be interpreted as a way to peer into the future, as Jenny Sadre-Orafai’s poem “Company” suggests.

“Malak,” her newest collection of poetry, was inspired by her grandmother. It explores the supernatural and what it means to be connected.

Sadre-Orafai said her parents describe her poems as “little movies.”

“I think that I learned when I wrote solely from emotion that it’s not as organic,” she said on “City Lights.” “So if I can find an image or if I pick up an image and try and figure out why I’m haunted by it, I can explore it in a poem.”

Sadre-Orafai is also the executive director for the Georgia Writers Association, which holds monthly workshops. She works to bring in not only fiction writers and poets, but graphic novelists and journalists as well.