This summer, Poetry Translation Centre will be publishing a new PEN Translates-winning collection by Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish, titled Embrace, translated by Paul Batchelor and Atef Alshaer:
While you wait, you can read a new poem by Darwish translated by his long-time collaborator Kareem James Abu-Zeid, who translated Darwish’s acclaimed 2014 collection, Nothing More to Lose.
The news of your death reached me
one sweltering afternoon
as I sat with friends on a peak of Albaicín.
They said, “your death.”
I said, “your life.”
My parents peeled my skin like a fig. I was, each day, a different fruit.
Younsi’s From Bird Borrowings
Darwish’s “An Afternoon in Albaicín“
And 10 more by Darwish:
1. Want Ad
9. Rise Again