The Excellent Poetry I’m Reading

Books by Darwish & Zaqtan

Poetry books by Mahmoud Darwish & Ghassan Zaqtan, translated by Fady Joudah

I’m reading and rereading the books of two great poets, Mahmoud Darwish and Ghassan Zaqtan.  These were translated from Arabic into English by Fady Joudah.  I mentioned that his translation of Zaqtan’s Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me won him and Zaqtan the Griffin Poetry Prize this year. Reading Straw Bird has led me to Darwish’s If I Were Another.  Joudah, the translator, has given English speakers a gift in translating these works that are of the highest quality writing.



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