If Arabic is a poetic language, what poetry do Arabic-speaking diasporas need to know to understand their identities?
A spider thread / fastens your heart / to the book of flesh.
Dartmouth College's open Middle Eastern literature lecture series starts on Wednesday, January 27, with a talk by Princeton's Lara Harb.
"I think poetry transcends time. A genuinely poetic approach to the study of poetry is one that breaks itself from historicism."
Happily, Huda Fakhreddine here shares four poems she translated as part of her forthcoming The Arabic Prose Poem: Poetic Theory and Practice (March 2021).
"Perhaps, after this pandemic passes,/ I will keep the rituals I have acquired in its course / because I've learned to hold on- more than ever before -/ to time,/ to examine it meticulously/ and to find life, clenched and caught,/ in its fleeting moments."
"Other labels we pick apart are 'Literature of Resistance' and 'Poets of the South in Lebanon' as examples of this labeling process that is motivated by extra-literary imperatives."