LitHub recently ran an Englishing of Ines Abassi’s “The Key,” translated by Koen De Cuyper and Hodna Bentali Gharsallah Nuernberg:
The last key I carried
dangles alone on the key rack
like a corpse at the gallows
the key to the house that is no longer our house
that won’t be our house tomorrow
is rusted with memories
and coated with the desert sand we left in our wake
and the house?
It’s available in full at LitHub.
More by Ines Abassi:
“Tattoo,” tr. Ali Znaidi
An excerpt from ‘Bourguiba House’, tr. Sawad Hussain
Two poems in Words Without Borders, tr. Kareem James Abu-Zeid