6. The stream of water running under Ariadne’s temple is the thread leading to the Minotaur – before getting lost in the cotton plantations in the airless labyrinth a living mass is crying, day and night the goddess has left him. I bring him olives and wine but the god has aged. Aside from me, only the wind knows the way which links Arabia to Greece, and our thoughts … Read more BAALBECK by Etel Adnan (2)
It is a pleasure & an honor for Nomadics blog to publish BAALBECK, a sequence of poems by Etel Adnan translated by Sarah Riggs over the next 4 or 5 days. Below, the opening sections of the poem & a note by Etel Adnan concerning the circumstances of the work. Last year (2015) there was in Aix en Provence and in Baalbeck itself an event concerning the Baalbeck festival of pre-war Lebanon. … Read more BAALBECK by Etel Adnan
Mohammed Bennis reading at the 38th Moussem — the International Cultural Festival — on the day (July 19) dedicated to his work in Assilah, Morocco.
Via Arab LIterature (in English) & MLYNXQUALEY on MAY 26, 2016 • ( 0 ) Nadia Ghanem talks with Apic editions and Barzakh editions, two Algerian publishing houses trying to promote literary exhange in Africa: By Nadia Ghanem From Barzakh’s stand at the 2014 book fair in Algiers. From the publisher’s website. Last year, during the PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made such … Read more ‘Lands in Solidarity’ and ‘Resonances’: Producing African Literatures in Algeria
ARAB POETRY CONFERENCE مرءتمر الثعر العربي Thursday 4/21/16 3-5pm. Panel: On Arab Literature Today. Bishop Barnwell Room 3-4: MAGHREB: Pierre Joris & Habib Tengour present Poems for the Millennium Maghreb Anthology 4-5: MASHREQ: Osama Alomar and Faiza Sultan present the situation of poetry in the Mashreq. 6-8pm. Poetry Reading by Faiza Sultan & Osama Alomar, followed by Q & A. Jordan AB Ballroom Friday 4/22/16 3-5pm. Panel: On Translating Arab Literature … Read more Arabic Poetry Conference @ Boise State University
via Arab Literature (in English) &BY MLYNXQUALEY on APRIL 6, 2016 • ( 0 ) On Wednesday, April 13 at London’s Southbank Centre will host the launch of “The Great Flight,” Modern Poetry in Translation’s refugee-focussed issue, ed. Sasha Dugdale: Image from the Southbank Centre. The free event, which is set to begin at 8pm, will feature performances by Syrian poet Golan Haji, civil rights activist and writer Nasrin Parvaz, and translator-poet … Read more Special Issue of Refugee Poetry, MPT Launches ‘The Great Flight’
[audio:http://www.pierrejoris.com/blog/audio/RashidElegy.mp3] Elegy on Rashid az-Zyudi Rest in peace, you who sold your life And spared it for the homeland’s sake: Zyudi Rest in peace, Rashid, as many times as the wind blows I hope you’re in heaven’s peace and eternity Zyudi, you followed Wasfi, Hazza‘, Salih Shwe‘ir, and all such noble lions A brave man, a lion, from a lion’s pride! Men of noble origin who keep their pledges … Read more al-Hajaya’s Elegy on Rashid az-Zyudi
BY MLYNXQUALEY on FEBRUARY 20, 2016 • ( 0 ) In a tremendous blow to Egypt’s novelists, publishers and readers, the Bulaq Criminal Court today sentenced experimental novelist Ahmed Naji to two years in prison for “public indecency” for the excerpt of his novel Using Life that appeared last year in the Akhbar al-Adab newspaper: According to several news sources (Mada, Al-Bedaiah), Akhbar al-Adab editor-in-chief Tarek al-Taher, who was also charged in this case, was given a LE10,000 … Read more Egyptian Appeals Court Sentences Novelist Ahmed Naji to Two Years