"The divide among poets has added a diaspora to the spatial diaspora, which scattered Syrians around the world."
Syrian theatre artist Riad Ismat died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 in Chicago, where he was part of Northwestern's "Scholars at Risk" program. He was 73.
"There was a skinny roughened hand buried in the dirt. It yearned for sun and rain, for the blue sky and the wind, and for years it crept slowly upward."
"The situation in Syria for the past decade has been complicated and confounding, and Ramy’s work emerges out of this confusion not to give us solutions but instead to bring us into it as well."
"I don’t know how many hours I’d spent in solitary confinement. I was alone with four cold silent walls. I couldn’t hear anyone’s voice in that gloomy cell, and I don’t think anyone could hear me."
"I tried with the second collection to publish in Damascus," al-Jabr said, "but the doors are closed."
"The subjects, the structures, and the writing style are different between my Arabic books and Kurdish ones."
"Because I, too, know that no one dies of love, / I live my life like a normal woman."
"The horse was angry for no reason."
The book is scheduled for English publication in Fall 2021.
Truly, dreams are full of wonders.
Two plays by Syrian playwright Ahmad Meree, in Arabic with English surtitles, made the "Now Toronto" list of 15 theatre shows to see in 2020.