"There are seven different authors featured in the special section, translated from Arabic and from French, writing in widely different genres and styles; their work provides visions of Mauritania both future and past, future fiction, ironic time-travel fiction, historical fiction set in the seventeenth century, and tersely expressive poetry."
But there's also much more of Mersal's work to explore online.
The $1000 prize is offered annually "for a book of poetry by a non-US citizen published anywhere in the world."
"Don’t say such foolish things about people."
"I have no need of a wall clock / or a pocket diary: / I know the times of my screams"
"You, well of thirst,/ Black treasure in the wolf's mouth,/ Let your lamp, that speaks miracles, light the name of Iraq."
The Etel Adnan Poetry Prize is calling for submissions. The Institut Français is calling for applications for their program 'NAFAS'.
"This lake is not water. It was a person I had talked to for a long time then he dissolved."
"This is not a book of “high” culture only. It contains the tastes of many aspects of Moroccan society."
An issue of The Margins called I Want Sky -- celebrating Sarah Hegazy and queer SWANA life -- is seeking submissions through March 18.
The poems come from Haddad's first poetry collection, al-Bishara (The Omen), which appeared in 1970; he has since published more than a dozen more.
A spider thread / fastens your heart / to the book of flesh.