The Era of Arabic Poetry is Over. Long Live Arabic Poetry.

It is interesting that many highbrow-ish literary commentators have declared the era of Arabic poetry over, in favor of the era of the Arabic novel, while popular poetry remains seemingly just as…popular.


Samar Yazbek, ‘A Sudden Visitor in This Place’

Yesterday, Jadaliyya published a prose work by Yazbek that reflects events in Syria through the prism of a woman writer. The work, titled “Waiting for Death: I Will Not Carry Flowers to my Grave,” is not assigned a genre, but feels in parts like a prose poem, elsewhere an essay or a memoir fragment.