Four Poems of Palestinian Resistance by Mahmoud Darwish

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Ariel Rodriguez. Sometimes, the best way to understand the complexity of a conflict is through art. Words can echo in people’s hearts as much as images can inspire…

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Three poems by Forugh Farrokhzad, a woman alone

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

English Translations of selected Poems and Poetry of the great Iranian Poet Forugh Farrokhzad فروغ فرخزاد Forugh, one of the most famous Persian Women poets died in a…

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Adonis, The Man Who Remade Arabic Poetry

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Robyn Creswell. In March, 2011, when civil protests broke out in cities and towns across Syria, the country’s most famous poet, Adonis—who is in his eighties and has…

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Vartan: a poem of resistance by Ahmad Shamlou

Friday, April 12, 2019

“Vartan didn’t Say a Word” is a political poem by Ahmad Shamlou that underwent censorship because of being addressed to a political prisoner who was tortured to death…

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Gaza: Resistance Through Poetry

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Ramzy Baroud. “(At dawn) … I will resist … (Since) upon the wall there is still a white sheet … And my fingers are yet to (completely) dissolve.”…

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Voices above the chaos: female war poets from the Middle East

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Ed Vulliamy. The Syrian city of Aleppo crumbles into rubble, assailed by Russian bombs, government artillery and chemical weapons. In the heat of battle, Turkish troops and Kurdish…

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Book Review: Khaled Khalifa’s Death Is Hard Work

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Charles R Larson. Syria’s gut-wrenching civil war serves as the background to Khaled Khalifa’s award-winning new novel, Death Is Hard Work, though incidents in the story often appear…

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Poems: Lanat Abad / The Place of the Damned & [Persian Letters]

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Two poems by Solmaz Sharif Lanat Abad / The Place of the Damned By Solmaz Sharif this mangy plot where by nowonly mothers still come, only mothers guard…

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Poems by Ahmad Shamlu, Iranian poet

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

“Ahmad Shamlou, also known under his pen name, Alef Bamdad, is among the most influential Iranian literary voices of the twentieth century and widely known as the father…

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Poems in English by Mohammad Tavallaei

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Poet, Poetry and Paper Poetry is an umbilical cord Connecting the poet with Mother-God-Nature. He comes into existence with The birth of every chicken, pup or baby…

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Arabic poetry: Five Poems by Mu’ayyad al-Rawi

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Translated by Sinan Antoon Posted by Jadaliyya Dream I dreamt of a field of butterflies Where a child is jumping in a meadow of flowers A butterfly embroidered…

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Poems by two poets from Iraqi Kurdistan

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Three Poems by Hero Kurda translated by Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse, Pshtewan Kamal Babakir and Shene Mohammed Posted on World Literature Today July 20§18. You in Me On the shore…

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A Poem by Ahmad Yamani, Egyptian poet.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Translated by Robin Moger. My sister screamed in the night Take me to my brother’s house And there she screamed that same night No no! Take me back…

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Poem by Sukaina Habiballah: ‘Everything in You Grew, But Not Your Hand’

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Translated by Robin Moger. Posted on ArabLit May 25, 2o18. Over at Youssef Rakha’s Cosmopolitan Hotel, there are six poems in Robin Moger’s translation, by Moroccan writer Sukaina…

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Asifa, My Child: a poem by Bardi Raina

Monday, April 16, 2018

Badri Raina. Posted on ZNet on April 14, 2018. Asifa, my child, I wish I was not writing about you But holding you to my chest. Asifa, I…

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Gravequake and Death by Stoning – two poems by Ziba Karbassi

Monday, April 9, 2018

Gravequake The song of the nightingale Is not up for sale. Tell your black crows tell Your black crows Caw Caw The song of the nightingale Is not…

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ID card and the Dice Player: Two Poems by Mahmoud Darwish

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Mahmoud Darwish Posted on Resistance Words on June 15, 2017. Last year, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called his poems “fuel for terror attacks”. By that, he meant…

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‘One Hundred Years’, a poem by Steve Bloom on the centenary of the Russian Revolution

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The full poem can be downloaded as a pdf here  And over the evening forest the bronze moon climbs to its place. Why has the music stopped? Why…

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Fate, Federal Court, Moon – a poem by Anne Carson

Sunday, March 26, 2017

London Review of Books. Faisal bin Ali Jaber, the subject of Anne Carson’s  poem, is an engineer from Yemen whose brother-in-law and nephew were mistakenly killed by a…

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A letter in my purse: a poem

Friday, May 20, 2016

Shaimaa El-Sabbagh translated by Maged Zaher Arablit Shaimaa El-Sabbagh, poet and  Socialist Popular Alliance Partya ctivist who was shot dead at a rally in Tahrir Square I am not…

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Two Gravediggers – Poem

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Majid Nafici Iroon The day is sunny After much rain. I run on Venice beach And know that Another storm is coming. At the pier Water has clogged…

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