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.
Over at Qantara, there is an interview with Dubai-based Lebanese poet Zeina Hashem Beck. Or, if you prefer a podcast, you can listen to Hashem Beck talk about her most recent collections with David Turner on Lunar Poetry Broadcasts: The… Read More ›
In the dark
deep stagnant dark
where the wind roars
and the wet trees howl like women raped
he encircles me with his arms
and sinks into my flesh like louse eggs.
On Tuesday, Noor Naga won the $10,000 RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers for her collection ‘The Mistress and the Ping.’
“It thought: that which wished to be a white butterfly was a fool and that which wished to be a cherry blossom was a fool.”
When asked back in 2009 what Arabic works should be translated into English, poet-translator Fady Joudah told the Quarterly Conversation he’d like to see Ghassan Zaqtan’s Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me in English. Joudah has since translated that collection — and won… Read More ›
These poets, Foyle says, should represent “a diverse range of voices, both new and established, from the Occupied Territories, ’48 Palestinians, the diaspora and the refugee community. Some poets and translators will be invited to submit work; others will be selected through this open call.”
And the beginnings of aspiration;
Helplessness and the vindication of the poor
Lies the will to confront
And the inability to write.
Interlink promises: “’The End of the Night,’ ‘It’s a Song,’ and ‘I Don’t Want this Poem to End’—three collections totaling about 80 poems, most translated into English for the first time.”
“What is wrong with this metaphor?”
“His highly sensitive poetry is dedicated to the Palestinian cause, mixing themes of heroism with a deep recognition of the dangers and tribulations of the contemporary Palestinian experience.”
Over email, both judges clarified there is no requirement that poets reside in the US or have US citizenship. This prize is for Arab poets, working in English, living anywhere in the world.