"And here I am, aimlessly wandering the streets / As the night weighs long and dark upon the land and I."
"The winners and runners-up of the inaugural Barjeel Poetry Prize -- twelve in all -- appeared this week on the Beirut-based magazine Rusted Radishes."
Last year, 2020, marked the year of Adonis's ninetieth, and on December 31, 2020 -- at the very end of his 90th year -- celebratory videos were uploaded to the website adonis90.org.
It is the ArabLit tradition to share a curated list of poems on Christmas Day.
"A dead language in the throat of a dead poet. Assassins only wait for the day of the feast. Cemeteries are only full of white beds."
"Aiming to make the mu`allaqat known to new readers, the project gathers a team of eight commentators and translators."
"Marrying a piano player / is different from marrying a sailor."
"I am a candlestick that argues about the power of darkness inside you, / in your many holes."
"The winners and runners-up live in Nigeria, Lebanon, the US, Russia, the UK, Egypt, Palestine, and the UAE, with further origins in Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, and beyond. The youngest winner is 15-year-old Batool Abu Akleen, a student in Gaza."
"The wave of days rises / and recedes, bidding farewell to / shells of love and hate / upon the body / resounding with the echoes of words."
"Like a visual representation of the unconscious it is a big unknowable that flows without a break, wave after wave, thought after thought, bearing the words of the poem.”
"Too frequently, I think, translators give in to the idea that a foreign text needs to retain a lot of that foreignness—this is Venuti’s foreignizing versus domesticating debate."