utstanding Maghrebi collections have made the twelve-book longlist for the 2021 National Translation Award in Poetry.
The $1000 prize is offered annually "for a book of poetry by a non-US citizen published anywhere in the world."
"You didn’t leave home / your home left you."
"Beirut / I dreamed you were invaded / and awoke to the noise of destruction"
"But men / but the wind push her out on the cliff. / She watches the ocean / she would like to hurl herself into the ocean / to drink up the ocean."
"you come from somewhere else too he says / and the stones moan with absence / the earth stops turning / once yes once I also had a country"
"There was a skinny roughened hand buried in the dirt. It yearned for sun and rain, for the blue sky and the wind, and for years it crept slowly upward."
Above our heads a vertical shadow
a shadow that flaps above our heads
"Algerian Francophone literature is, one could say, a child of the twentieth century. It has its origins both in the struggle for independence—gained in 1962—and in Algerians’ determination to recount their own collective history and individual histories with the tools and resources of the French educational system, with its literature, past, and poetry, imposed on Algeria when it was a colony of France."