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From the publisher
A pocket-sized collection of all the favourite verses that have inspired desert travellers. This collection of poems delights in constructing a sensual Orient of the imagination, from the seven golden odes of Pre-Islamic Arabia to the fevered visions of Coleridge. It is a place where sand dunes bear the impress of a lover, a land ruled by honour and hospitality, where poets and warriors are esteemed, where the sons of noble sheikhs labour in dignity as shepherds, but Kings are imprisoned within the cruelties of their palaces.