At the beginning of this week, organizers of the John Dryden Translation Competition announced the winners of their 2021 award.
“There are silent voices inside me. / I will free them now / I will free also / The letters of love words / Suffocated in my mouth.”
“What can I do?/ Except stay deadly silent/ In this desert/ which dwells in a dark room.”
“I started thinking about Ashraf Fayadh, particularly the event that lead to his eventual incarceration, namely going to a cafe to watch a football game and ending up in a heap of trouble. What if that day repeated over and over?”
I haven’t yet gotten my summer issue of Banipal (oh, my beloved Egyptian postal service! what good times we have had together!) but Youssef Rakha has posted his travel essay […]