《缺席理論 The Theory of Absence》是收藏於《島嶼或大陸 ISLANDS OR CONTINENTS》盒裝叢書裡，此叢書由十八本袖珍版詩選組成，分別收錄來自十八位國際著名詩人的精選作品。
敦雅．米卡埃爾 Dunya Mikhail (Iraq)
美籍伊拉克詩人，1965年生於巴格達，90年代中期離開伊拉克而遷至美國密西根州，曾任《巴格達觀察家報》記者，作品風格「顛覆」，2011 年獲頒「聯合國創作自由人道獎」，伊利沙伯．溫斯洛則以翻譯其詩作贏得「2004 美國筆會翻譯獎」。米卡埃爾的第一本英文詩集《戰爭勞苦功高》(New Directions , 2005; Carcanet , 2006) 入圍葛里芬獎，同時獲紐約公共圖書館評為2005年25大書籍之一，並由伊蓮娜．智娣翻譯成意大利文，經Edizioni San Marco dei Giustiniani出版( 2001)。她的《外海之浪的日記》(New Directions, 2009) 則獲得「2010阿拉伯美國書獎」，最新詩作《伊拉克之夜》將於2014年由New Directions 出版。
Dunya Mikhail, Iraqi-American poet, was born in Baghdad in 1965 and left Iraq to Michigan, USA in the mid-1990s. She has worked as a journalist for The Baghdad Observer and her work was found “subversive.” She was awarded the United Nations Human Rights Award for Freedom of Writing in 2001, and her translator, Elizabeth Winslow, won a 2004 Pen Translation Fund Award. Her first book in English, The War Works Hard (New Directions, 2005; Carcanet, 2006), was shortlisted for the Griffin Prize and was named one of the twenty-five books to remember in 2005 by the New York Public Library. It was also translated into Italian by Elena Chiti and published by Edizioni San Marco dei Giustiniani (2011). Mikhail’s Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea (New Directions, 2009) won the 2010 Arab American Book Award. Her new poetry book The Iraqi Nights is coming from New Directions in 2014.