Where do words come from? from what rubbing of sounds are they born on what flint do they light their wicks what winds brought them into our mouths Their past is the rustling of stifled silences the trumpeting of molten elements the grunting of stagnant waters Sometimes they grip each other with a cry expand
Vénus Khoury-Ghata is a Lebanese writer and the author of many books, including Nettles (Graywolf Press, 2008), A House at the Edge of Tears (Graywolf Press, 2005), and She Says (Graywolf Press, 2003). Her honors include the Grand Prix de la Société des gens de lettres for Fables pour un people d’argile, the Prix Apollinaire, and the Prix Mallarmé, and she was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2000. Her work has been translated into several languages. She lives in Paris.