In in her seventh collection, award-winning poet Nathalie Handal reaffirms that she remains an urgent and singular voice in contemporary poetry. Linguistically fluid and geographically expansive, Nathalie Handal’s Life in a Country Album is a haunting hymn of shapeshifting. Intimate and political at once, it is composed from a palette that comprises brief revelations as well as expansive meditations. This question of home and belonging lies at the heart of the collection: Who gets to decide who belongs? Can you be exiled from your own sense of self, or as Handal puts it in Europa Nostra, “Now that we are guests in our bodies, how do we survive?” Though Handal is of many cultures, in Life in a Country Album, she brings this particular Palestinian sensibility to her poems and to her encounters with her many countries and languages of the text. If a bed is a city of teeming dreams then this collection is a world of human possibilities. In its clarity, craft and chimeric language, it is a love letter and admonition mailed by the same stamp.