"To write a memory I gathered a memory / and to green the marshes I sprinkled friends/ over the salt marshes, and was at a loss/ with myself"
Today on Jadaliyya, Sinan Antoon published translations of two Rashid Hussein poems to mark Youm al-Ard, or Palestinian Land Day.
Banipal has apparently been saving up their news, as a whole bunch of it appeared in my inbox this morning. Among the news items: judges will be deliberating on the Saif Ghobash - Banipal prize-winners later this month.
If you're looking for it, there are a number of places to seek out excellent Arab American poets. They are celebrated individually (Khaled Mattawa just won a major poetry award) and as a group, as in the most recent Banipal (38).
Palestinian-American poet Fady Joudah (who I thought should've made the Beirut39, but never mind) has won this year's 2010 PEN USA Literary Award for translation for his rendition of Mahmoud Darwish's If I Were Another. مبروك, ya Fady! Joudah was also a finalist for the 2008 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his translation … Continue reading Fady Joudah Wins 2010 PEN USA Literary Award