“We didn’t have to think twice to choose Adonis as he is the most prominent voice in world poetry today.”
Adonis: “Ambiguous is how a reader describes a text that he cannot grasp, or that he cannot master in a way that turns it into a part of what he knows.”
It was 1988 when Adonis’s name was first connected with the Nobel Prize for Literature.
You’ll have to forgive John Donatich’s hagiographic essay about the Syrian poet Adonis, which just appeared in The Front Table, since Donatich is—after all—the director of Yale University Press, and thus flogging Adonis’s wonderful new book.
It’s no longer Nobel season, but Adonis has a new book coming out in the U.S., so another flutter of press is to be expected. Yesterday’s piece in the NY Times followed the Syrian-French poet on a visit to a class that (his translator) Khaled Mattawa teaches at the University of Michigan.