"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."
"A man in his seventies and a lady in her ? / meet / in a hospital in Amman."
"They were not sieving, / But dancing to the rhythm."
"The ugliness of reality has surpassed the imagination of our ancient poets, and where modes of torture and killing machines have overshadowed the most creative minds of filmmakers, it is futile to invoke the ancient muses."
Happily, Huda Fakhreddine here shares four poems she translated as part of her forthcoming The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice (March 2021).
The 2020 Sargon Boulus Award -- this year in its third edition -- went yesterday to Egyptian poet Emad Abu Saleh.
Tamil translator Gouthama Siddarthan has curated a small selection of poems by Abdel Wahab Yousif, a young Sudanese poet who drowned, in August, in the Mediterranean, in four languages: According to English translator and scholar Adil Babikir, Abdel Wahab Yousif, also known as Latinos, was a well-known figure among the young generation of poetry fans … Continue reading Poetry by Abdel Wahab Yousif in Four Languages
"Saadi Youssef, in his introduction to the translation of Song of Myself, criticizes those who described Whitman as a "Sufi" poet, but he uses mystic language in his translation of Whitman’s masterpiece. It’s fascinating how a text was read and transformed into different forms and styles."
"I say: I want neither father nor mother, nor to have them put on my road, or slipped into my story."
"The idea behind the Calico Series was always to create books that we ourselves would want to read."
The launch of the new book -- set for October 15 at 7 p.m. BST -- will feature readings by Darwish and Alshaer, along with a discussion of the poems and the translation process with PTC commissioning editor Edward Doegar.
The event, "Poems to Live for: Session 6," is supported by the Hippocrates Initiative for Poetry and Medicine.