But Anglo poetry is only unambitious and audience-lacking if we fail to consider its primarily oral forms. Arabic poetry, meanwhile, seems to be facing a divergence between written and oral forms.
Translations of ‘Prince of Poets’ Competitor’s Poem for the Revolution: Tahrir Square by Hesham al-Gakh
Last week, Hesham al-Gakh skipped the “Prince of Poets” competition in order to join Egypt’s new day.
There hasn’t yet been a January 25-inspired poem to hit the “Prince of Poets” TV show (granted, it’s only 6 a.m. on Jan. 26), nor anything as enjoyable as the Jan. 25 protest chants: يا مبارك, يا مبارك. السعوديّة بإتنظارك.
Was the Arab Novel Prize Given to Al-Koni for Bad Reasons? (And Then, We’ll Forget All That And Talk Poetry)
Let’s grit our teeth and get this over with: Did (the extremely talented and worthy) Ibrahim al-Koni win Egypt’s “Arab Novel Prize” because judging chair Gaber Asfour wanted to return a chit to Moammar Ghaddafi? After all, Libya awarded Asfour the Ghaddafi Prize for International Literature earlier this year.
While reading several of the Iraqi poets—well, two in particular—from the recently released Banipal 37: Iraqi Writers, I thought: These poems should be spoken aloud. Nay, they should be performed. So—since it’s the medium of our age—why not have them… Read More ›
This is a two-part post. Part one: The award-winning poet Hissa Hilal, who ended up third in the most recent season of Million’s Poet, has recently edited a controversial collection of pre-1950s poems written by Bedouin women living in the… Read More ›
For Hissa Hilal’s international fans—most of whom, presumably, are unacquainted with her verse—the decision of last Million’s Poet judges will be a disappointment. The show’s winner was the 30-year-old Kuwaiti Nasser al Ajami. Al Ajami apparently received 67 per cent… Read More ›
Tonight’s the night for Hissa Hilal—and the four other finalists competing against the suddenly world-famous Saudi poetess for the title of “Million’s Poet.” According to The National, the five finalists are: Falah al Mowraqi, 21, Kuwait, youngest finalist Hissa Hilal,… Read More ›
Applause for Hissa Hilal was heard ’round the world after her most recent Million’s Poet performance. Her fatwa-criticizing poem, a rough translation of which originally appeared in The National, became instantly popular. Perhaps not as many blogged about Hilal as… Read More ›