Arabic Poetry

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Marwa Helal’s Invasive Species by Safia Elhillo
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For Marwa Helal and me, the histories of our two countries—Egypt and Sudan—are inextricably linked, our shared Nile both the most obvious and fertile metaphor.

Audra Wolowiec by Emmalea Russo
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Audra Wolowiec explores the materiality of language via text, sound, sculpture, and collaborative projects. Her recent solo exhibition at Studio 10, entitled (                      ), presented both the immateriality and materiality of her subject matter as subtle and poetic experiences. 

from The Crocodiles by Youssef Rakha
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1. On the twenty-first birthday of a poet, ostensibly of our group, whom we knew as Nayf (his real name’s not so very important)—on June 20, 1997, to be precise—the activist Radwa Adel went to visit a relative in one of Cairo’s neighborhoods.

Peter Cole’s The Dream of the Poem by Esther Allen
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The year Columbus found and founded our New World also marked the final end of one particular Old World, the half millennium of rich coexistence and commingling of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish peoples, traditions, and languages in the south of Spain. 

Three Poems by Faraj Bayraqdar

Translation, like any public act, must be strategic to have any effect. 

Mahmoud Darwish by Raja Shehadeh
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Mahmoud Darwish was the 2001 winner of the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. He is considered one of the foremost poets of the Arab world. 

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