Friday Finds: ‘Another Trip to the Tower Mirage,’ by Yasser Abdellatif

Yasser Abdellatif’s Law of Inheritance is forthcoming next year, in Robin Moger’s translation, from Seagull Books:

Meantime, over at Qisasukhra, Moger has translated unpublished poem by Yasser Abdellatif entitled “زيارة أخرى إلى برج السراب”. It opens:

Another trip to the tower Mirage

She lives on the twelfth floor

where there lives too

her wise fleet fingers

her grey hair

her sixty years.

The tower has six lifts

three to the right of the lobby

and marble like ivory

gleaming damply

with daylight dwindling

till shadows swallow

stealing footfalls

and three lifts to the left.

Keep reading at Qisasukhra.