"It’s important to emphasize that the interventions poets make in political debates take the form of poems: they don‘t slot abstract dogmas into verse molds. No—they actually think in poetry. "
"For me it’s a little bit like cooking; people say, “if you’re following a recipe then you’re not creating anything.” I don’t agree; you are creating something, you’re creative even if you’re following a recipe."
"Kanz al-Fawāʾid is unique for its variety and comprehensive coverage of contemporary Egyptian cuisine."
"It is not easy for me to summarize in these lines my emotional relationship — with all its fluctuations — with Raqqa!"
"MA: To adopt the voice of any character is a challenge, but it’s easier if the character is closer to you. In my short stories, it was my voice, the character was like me. But for Hani Mahfouz our environment and social class is very different. I tried to forget about myself and speak like him."
On May 27, Kareem joined poet and novelist Sinan Antoon -- who has called Abdulqadir "a poet's poet" -- to discuss Except for This Unseen Thread.
"And remember: talking about periods in fus7a is not insulting, because periods are not insulting!"
"And it’s not right for those conversations and insights to be documented only in English, a language that some of those same theatre-makers would find difficult to access, and not in Arabic."
"If migration is not permanent, then what? Is there always some kind of return?"