Sunday, January 29, 2012


A friend forwarded a link to an article about this very interesting, and quite certainly great Syrian poet...

On the strength of this tiny excerpt of his writing in translation -- spectacularly vatic! and so different from anything I encounter these days in English -- I decided to order his Selected.  

The Edge of the World [excerpt]   

      I release the earth and I imprison the skies.  I fall down in order to stay faithful to
the light, in order to make the world ambiguous, fascinating, changeable, dangerous, in
order to announce the steps beyond.
     The blood of the gods is still fresh on my clothes.  A seagull's scream echoes
through my pages.  Let me just pack up my words and leave.

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