Robin Moger Does Sargon Boulus

Meeting with an Arab poet in exile

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Cedars of Lebanon, American Colony (Jerusalem) Photo Dept, 1900-20. Source: loc.gov

At that outcast and lonely hour,
that hour of night when choices narrow
until each absence takes on meaning as a cloud of smoke,
between the voices of the drunken patrons in that small restaurant
and the wash of the still sea that beats, below, against its rocky shore,
at that outcast hour of night, that lonely hour,
he talked to me of the legendary poets of exile
and how he’d known them in his youth, he
who still followed the same path,
and from an ancient notebook
which bore on its cover the cedar of Lebanon
began to read aloud his long two-columned poems.
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كارول صنصور: حب تشلابي

Ferdinando Scianna, Bora Bora. Source: magnumphotos.com

Ferdinando Scianna, Bora Bora. Source: magnumphotos.com 

لما كان الحنين يهجم
كنت أتخلى عن كل شي في الكون
وتلبسني رغبة الجلوس على عتبة بيتنا
جنب الياسمينة الرافضة للموت تمامًا أو العيش تمامًا
أسمع صوت أمي تقول
قومي فزي
يكفي تسطيل
كله حب تشلابي

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Noor Naga: Boy Does Not Like To Share

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Federico Giovannini, from “You and I”. Source: lensculture.com

Knowing a father’s belt has snap-

ping metal teeth, one does not

have to think of kneeling.

One kneels. One kneels

to please before the word is

heard or the leather tongue

slides drily through the loops.

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محمود المنيراوي: في السويد

SWEDEN. Malmo. December 22, 2015. A woman walks on a street in central Malmo.

Moises Saman, Malmo, December 22, 2015. Source: magnumphotos.com

لا شيء يحدثُ معي ليُكتَب
أعني أنني لا زلتُ أتنفس
لكن شيئاً لا يحدث وكأنني متجمد
أليس هذا طبيعياً في السويد؟
أن يتجمد المرء
كأنه في ثلاجة.

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