Every year, we run a special holiday gift on December 25. This year, it’s an essay from our most popular edition, the ArabLit Quarterly FOLK issue,
Between Two Islands is an evening of poetry and conversation, exploring the relationship between Bahrain, Britain and the British Bahrainis caught with a foot on either island, co-produced by guest editor of ALQ WINTER 2021, Ali Al-Jamri.
We “reclaim” land from water, taking back what was never given / We worship our own footsteps, replacing the water’s sheen
“If my tongue was cut, / let it grow back and call out ‘Jamri’”
During the middle days of the Egyptian revolution, a group of 137 Bahraini writers, artists, and intellectuals issued a statement in solidarity with the Egyptians’ struggle for freedom and dignity.
One of the signatories, according to Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News, was celebrated Bahraini poet Qassim Haddad.