“What I like best is the poem about the spiny-tailed lizard, called a dabb. He tells it as an animal parable, because this is an animal that’s admired for its toughness. It’s very hard to kill it. Even if you put it in a cooking pot, it keeps on swimming in the boiling water.”
“But the broom grows skinnier by the day, just like her.”
“In this wonderful debut collection, Peter Twal impersonates himself: the gifted American poet in his best suit in the gala of originality.”
“‘Velvet’ begins with Hawwa crossing a narrow street, entering a narrower alley, and turning into countless others. As she passes through the alleys she knows by heart, she ruminates on her family and her frequent trips to the seamstress’s house where she works and has found refuge from the harshness of the refugee camp.”
If we allow ourselves to peel off assumptions, biases, “moral lessons,” the sins of ideology, and the lie of the triumph of good and truth over evil and injustice, we will be surprised by the turn of the narrative.
The prize he helped fund, and which is named for him, is now in its twenty-second year, and will be announced later today.
“Until December 25th, we are inviting you to send us plays that tell these global stories and open our eyes to the queer world in all its breadth and variety. They can be any length, from any period, and with any number of characters, and must be in, or translated into, English.”
All the longlisted stories will appear in the anthology “ID: New Short Fiction from Africa,” scheduled for release in July 2018.
These short sentences don′t appear on the page as a block. Instead, they′re arranged in a cat-shaped poem, sneaking around after the reader. Here as elsewhere, the book doesn′t focus on plot, but on atmosphere. And what we learn about Bab El Louk is always partial, distant, askance.
He went out to get something to eat and was struck that the streets were empty and the cars in their places, cold and lifeless. The shop was closed and the traffic lights blinked on and off, changing their colors, in a conversation with no one.
“Specifically, Arabic is a language that’s somewhat unreachable from the community that we have built so far and we’ve received a number of extremely interesting Arabic submissions since localizing into the Arbaic language. We’re reviewing those now.”