Poems by Mazen Maarouf, trans. Kareem James Abu-Zeid and Nathalie Handal (on Words Without Borders)
I roll my pierced heart
across the bedcover:
it slams into the door,
a line of mud behind.
Note: If you’re near Columbia University (NYC, USA) on April 14, Maarouf will be reading there.
Poems by Najwan Darwish, trans. Kareem James Abu-Zeid (On Poetry)
What a diligent reader she is when she’s searching for Jesus, this woman I never failed to disappoint: I was not martyred in the first intifada, nor in the second, nor in the third. And just between you and me, I won’t be martyred in any future intifada either, nor will I be killed by some booby-trapped stork.
Note: Darwish’s Nothing More to Lose, a collection trans. Kareem James Abu-Zeid, should be out at the end of this month.
Poems By Ashraf Zaghal trans. by Ghada Mourad (On The Bakery)
The train that does not let me
passes in front of me
Note: The poet tweets at @ZaghalAshraf.