As every year, ArabLit revisits.
Desire builds a nest
Between the branches of my love.
It sings like a bulbul, night and day
And sweeps through me like fire through straw.
I am Me…
A storm of angry waves at sunset,
Its breathing strangled in the grip of the winds.
But as I draw near the question pulls away,
And I keep on asking: “Who am I?”
“…one of the first and pre-eminent Palestinian literary voices in the wake of the Nakba of 1948.”
“It is very dangerous what I’m going to say: Taha’s poetry about the Palestinian catastrophe lasts much more than Darwish’s poetry.”
And yet now Al-Barghouti — who is something of a poet-celebrity, with a viral poem in 2011 and a major 2007 appearance on the Prince of Poets TV show — has his first collection of work in English.
The shortlist includes a YA novel and YA memoir as well as political and scholarly works.
The winner’s set to be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on August 21.
A Jordan-born Palestinian Author, Writing in Maltese, Wins a 2017 European Union Prize for Literature
Nabhan was nominated for the prize on the strength of his semi-autobiographical 2013 novel L-Eżodu taċ-Ċikonji, or The Storks’ Exodus.
“Seven minutes before its natural end the play stopped. Its rhythm had been sped up, the performance turned into something resembling the dull recitation of a classical poem, or a school text learned by rote.”
In an email newsletter, PalFest organizers said: “PalFest is unable to get to Gaza because of Israel and Egypt’s ongoing siege of the Strip.”
Comma Press’s forthcoming anthology ‘Nakba + 100’ will — in the style of its ‘Iraq + 100’ anthology, feature “ten stories all set in the year 2048, a century after the ‘catastrophe’ now known as the ‘Nakba’.”