“You cross the bridge suspended over the canal. Colored ships slowly glide across the surface of blue waters below. Now and then, from beyond the hills of fine sand, a date palm emerges, a village, some people. Fish dart across the lake and a swarthy, dusty child poses for the camera, stick in hand.”
Like the anger of the waves.
I broken my silence,
Only for bitterness to build a settlement in my heart!
The grant has allowed Smokestack to pay a small contributors’ fee of £10 a page, but the crowdfunding campaign seeks to “increase this fee to a more professional rate; to cover design and printing costs for the book; and to raise money toward the legal fees of Ashraf Fayadh and Dareen Tatour, both currently imprisoned, respectively in Saudi Arabia and Israel, on charges related to their poetry.”
“And the translator is once again invisible, almost incidental. Not only is s/he anonymous but, because the lyrics are not even presented as the translation that they – for the most part – are, their creative labour is totally brushed aside.”
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.