The winners of the “open” category will receive £1,000 (first), £750 (second) and £500 (third), while the winners of the 18-and-under category will receive £250 (first), £150 (second) and £100 (third). There will be one prize (£100) awarded in the 14-and-under category.
“But I hate it that I keep watch over the name I was given to capture me, that I drag it & it drags me, and that it’s stuck to my face and has become part of my voice.”
He came early with the news:
the best of Khindif, full-grown
and young combined, is dead.
“Submissions are welcome in either English or Arabic. Previously unpublished poets are encouraged to submit their work; however, we are looking for quality literary writing and writers who have a proper command of evocative language.”
I don’t know what to make of this word,
through I cross the distance between my bedroom and the kitchen
without feeling it at all.
A Sudanese Celebration of Sarah Maguire (1957-2017), Founder of the Poetry Translation Centre in London
“Sarah’s commitment to translation of poets from southern nations began when she was sent by the British Council in 1996 to Palestine. Through engagement with poets around the world, she developed the determination to fight the notion of ‘otherness’. Sarah chaired the workshops in the same inclusive spirit, and taught me much, and not only about translation.”
“Today is World Poetry Day — and the birthday of Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998) — and thus ArabLit will take an exceptionally eclectic & arguably nonsense tour of the entire history of Arabic poetry in English translation, based on what’s available free online in at least a good (and preferably fantastic) translation.”
“It is not enough to love, for that is one of nature’s magical acts, like rainfall and thunder. It takes you out of yourself into the other’s orbit and then you have to fend for yourself. It is not enough to love, you have to know how to love. Do you know how?”
look, people just go missing here
what could be more female than that
to go missing with no one to claim you
were ever there
“Deadline for submitting to the LGBTQ+ focus: April 30th 2018.”
Your ‘burning patience’ extinguished now
you sneak back like daylight, slipping through alleyways
through front doors of houses, left ajar
closed at night, a dwelling goes down, like a rock.
Each of the 13 winning translators will receive $2,800 help them finish their project.