Must-have Arabic Poetry Collections of 2010 (in English)

Over at Ron Slate's website, On the Seawall, he asked nineteen poets to recommend new and recent titles for holiday gift-giving purposes. While I certainly respect the sentiment, readers over at ArabLit are free to buy the below-listed books for themselves.

One-minute Review: Mahmoud Darwish’s /Journal of an Ordinary Grief/

In Mahmoud Darwish’s Journal of an Ordinary Grief--published in 1973 as Yawmiyyat al-Huzn al-'Adi and now available in English translation--the narrator shapes his personal, Palestinian memories against the insistent push of Israeli and Western-dominated history. The book thus presents itself not as an official record, but as a collection of individual wounds.

Friday Links: International Translation Day Wrap-up, New October Issues, More

This week's major holiday---in your life, I'm sure, as in mine---was International Translation Day! PierenePress did a heroic job of twittercasting live from PEN's translation-day events; I certainly hope they write a few wrap-up thoughts about the discussions on their blog. Meanwhile, the "top 10" suggestions to come out of a discussion of how to … Continue reading Friday Links: International Translation Day Wrap-up, New October Issues, More

Darwish’s /Journal of an Ordinary Grief/ Set for an October English Release

This October (2010), Archipelago Books will release one of Mahmoud Darwish's prose collections, a volume of rich autobiographical essays, Journal of an Ordinary Grief. The Journal was originally published in 1973, and these essays or extended prose poems explore the relationships between Israelis and Palestinians, and Darwish's own complex identity. I have not yet read … Continue reading Darwish’s /Journal of an Ordinary Grief/ Set for an October English Release