For Women in Translation Month (#WiTMonth), a discovery: Yasmine Seale translates the great 12th-century Arabic-language Jewish poet of Andalusia, Qasmuna bint Ismail:
Only a few of Qasmuna’s poems are extant, preserved in later anthologies. Yasmine Seale has translated all of the extant works.
From Seale’s rich translations, which appear over at Youssef Rakha’s Cosmopolitan Hotel:
One day she looked in the mirror, and considered that she was beautiful and had not married. She said:
There I see a garden ripe
For reaping, but not one
Palm spread for picking.