According to organizers, the award exists “to honour the courage of writers committed to freedom of expression despite facing countless challenges and risks.”
“At that outcast and lonely hour,
that hour of night when choices narrow”
You gnaw at sleep’s pear
and lie on a pile of ruses, dangers, and debacles
then rest on yesterday’s train
while your phantoms keep on pulsating, powerful, alive
“Submissions of full-length (60 pp. minimum) poetry collections in English translation are accepted year-round.”
“In a journey that continues to be marked by uncertainty and marred by individual and collective losses, Dima has no idea where life will take her next.”
“Nobody knows where the red line is any more.”
“See, prison is for lovers.”
“[A]nd what can I do from where I am except raise my voice against this somehow.”
“Every poem I read / a jewel / looted from the world. / Every poem I wrote / an apology.”
I’m alone as usual
but the city is unusually alone.
I watch over its wilderness out of my window.
Nothing but the night and the curfew.
“Dareen, trapped in her house for using the word “Resist” – she was there
and we were everywhere else. “
“I’m afraid I’ll be forgotten.”