33-year-old Beck was born in Tripoli, where she lived until the age of 18. (Photo courtesy of Zeina Hashem Beck)
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"Memories/age faster than us,/die sooner,/ disappear silently like hair,/ without a passing date, a suicide note, a last vowel," writes 33-year-old Zeina Hashem Beck in "A Few Love Lines to Beirut".Beck's debut poetry collection, entitled "To Live in Autumn," is centered on Beirut, a city she left in 2006 but which continues to occupy her thoughts.XXXWhen she left Lebanon in 2006, moving with her husband first to Saudi Arabia, then Bahrain and finally to Dubai, where she has lived for four years, Beck began to write poems as elegies to the city in which she spent her student years. 118o Live in Autumn" doesn't idealize Lebanon.Some of Beck's poems are based around everyday memories.Those who are familiar with Beirut will recognize places and people. Beck writes about Modca, a popular cafe on Hamra Street now transformed into a Vero Moda and about a homeless man named Ali, a familiar figure on Hamra's Bliss Street, who died of exposure one cold winter night.
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