Friday Finds: Mohab Nasr’s ‘Society’

This poem appears both at Robin Moger’s QisasUkhra and Youssef Rakha’s Sultan’s Seal. The translation is Moger’s:

Society. Brother,

I don’t know what to make of this word,

through I cross the distance between my bedroom and the kitchen

without feeling it at all.

Though when my wife winks at me

or kicks my ankles underneath the table

I try to look as though I understand,

and turn my head as though

it will walk by.

“It musn’t see you this way,” she says

and I put out my cigarette in a hurry.

Keep reading.