On May 27, Kareem joined poet and novelist Sinan Antoon -- who has called Abdulqadir "a poet's poet" -- to discuss Except for This Unseen Thread.
"Art for me - whether my poetry or paintings - is an expression of my personal experiences; unbounded by time and place. I prefer not to make of art a utility and rather to allow it the utmost freedom to just be."
"And remember: talking about periods in fus7a is not insulting, because periods are not insulting!"
This short list is drawn off recommendations that came in through Twitter.
ALQ's Fall 2021 issue with a focus on football is open for submissions until July 1.
A few upcoming events, taking place online.
"67 mothers calling"
"These two poems translated by Katharine Halls are small enough to carry in one’s palm; they utilise a mode of poetic witness attuned to distillation, frankness, and the startling force of an ending."
"And it’s not right for those conversations and insights to be documented only in English, a language that some of those same theatre-makers would find difficult to access, and not in Arabic."
"Eyes fixed on the Mediterranean / mirage shimmering from afar / we sail from island to island / between walls and barbed wire"
"In intensely poetic language, Jordanian writer Jalal Barjas throws light on a totally schizophrenic reality in his country, which lies on a fault line prone to frequent tremors."
"If migration is not permanent, then what? Is there always some kind of return?"