Youssef Rakha, over at Arabophile, has posted four poems by Ahmad Yamani—although it’s not clear where they’re from or who did the translating.

Nonetheless,  read them. I liked the jolt of some of the just slightly off kilter, simple lines, such as: “I opened the window and the evening was still there.”

You can read more about Yamani here, and eight poems from his The Utopia of Cemeteries are available in Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World.

2 thoughts on “Four Poems by Beirut 39er Ahmad Yamani

    1. I read Russian, although I’m afraid that helps just enough to be dangerous.

      But thanks for the link! I’m sure there are some Ukranian-readers around here…

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