Selected for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship

Here I am O My God is a spiritual text laden with swerves, gravity, and tragicomedy. It’s an echo of the Abrahamic contract with the divine concerning the eternally elemental we each carry within.” —Fady Joudah


Winner of the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Award


Salat is boisterously, resoundingly alive” —Kaveh Akbar

“What Tahat accomplishes in Salat is defiant, sweeping, exemplary.” —Alina Stefanescu (for Gasher)

“Tahat’s poems call us back in to ourselves and the hearts of those who survive in us.” —Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

“Ameen indeed to this moving collection that contemplates what it means to belong and be other, to be child and father, to be human and holy, to mourn and praise.” —Zeina Hashem Beck

Salat bestrides the space between poem and prayer, between the ideal of this country and what is truly measured out daily. I would call it a survival guide in verse, except these poems contain the same energy and power as the tree that splits the rock.” —Cornelius Eady

“What I love most about prayer are the small movements within assigned rituals, and the ways people make those movements their own. And so, I am thankful for Salat, these poems that add language and beauty to those movements. That add history, image, and narrative flair. Dujie Tahat weaves all of these things together like a song, sommoning people to a holy space.” —Hanif Abdurraqib

“In SALAT, there are rituals and then there are rituals; prayer and then prayer; poetry and then poetry. Tahat’s work plays both within and outside of these definitions to create a new poetic space that, like a father’s hands, holds them all.” —Alli Cruz (for Pleiades)

“Refusing to resolve grief and celebration, sacred and ordinary, irreverence and sincerity, Tahat’s book gives the impression that it continues past its ending. The sitting, standing, prostrating, worshipping, repeat again and again, not contained to one body, one instance, one page. The point of the ritual is not to provide a monotonous, predictable foundation, but to offer a set of movements that are available in all instances.” —Sara Judy (for The Adroit Journal)

Photographer: Sonja Lyons