Conspiring Against Joseph: Reflections of a Prisoner of Conscience in a Federal Penitentiary by Sami A. Al-Arian
Offering an inside look into life in a federal penitentiary, "Conspiring Against Joseph" is a collection of 62 poems written by Professor Sami Al-Arian, a Palestinian-American political prisoner. His use of vivid imagery to describe day-to-day life in the suffocating prison will both astound and enrage readers who have never pictured such abuses. This beautiful anthology offers insightful commentary on subjects as diverse as the 56-year Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the American dream before and after 9/11. Al-Arian's unique, evocative style places the reader in the heart of the poem, whether set in 1948 Palestine or America during the Revolutionary War. At once, the writer displays wit, wisdom, imagination, deep spirituality and awe-inspiring perseverance. Al-Arian, who began writing poetry at the age of fifteen while a refugee in Egypt, composed this latest collection over a period of six months, while awaiting trial in the solitary confinement wing of Coleman Federal Penitentiary in Florida. Above all, his writing demonstrates survival in the face of oppression. Long after this struggle for freedom and justice is over, these words will serve as a haunting reminder of the oppression suffered by one advocate of freedom who spoke truth to power.