Egyptian poet, essayist, curator, and novelist Youssef Rakha brought out ولكن قلبي: متنبي الألفية الثالثة (And Yet My Heart: Third Millennium Mutanabbi) earlier this year:
The collection, made up of 20 poems and a personal essay, with illustrations by Walid Taher, was funded by a grant from the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
Both poems respond to verses by the tenth-century poet Mutanabbi. The first poem begins by quoting “وَكَم مِن جِبالٍ جُبتُ تَشهَدُ أَنَّني ال. جِبالُ وَبَحرٍ شاهِدٍ أَنَّني البَحرُ” and ends: “Who swims the ocean is become as brine. Who climbs the mountain is transformed to air.”
Also, a talk with Rakha about writing the book.