After centuries of oppressive Ottoman rule, the Arab world began to find new vitality and freedom in the twentieth century. The accompanying resurgence of creative expression is splendidly reflected in this definitive anthology of contemporary Arabic poetry, which spans the modern Arab world from the turn of the century to the present, from the Arab Gulf to Morocco. The editor, Salma Khadra Jayyusi, a renowned expert on modern Arabic literature, presents a through introduction to the works of more than ninety Arab poets. To create the best possible English translation, each selection has been translated first by a bilingual expert and then by an English-language poet, who creatively renders it into idiomatic English.
"If proof of the pudding is in the eating, Modern Arabic Poetry: An Anthology is brilliantly successful... It offers the finest available translations of a literature now ripe for rediscovery." -- Middle East International "The high quality of the translation gives the poems an English texture with no loss of their Arabic authenticity... a fine work and a major contribution, much needed and long awaited..." -- International Journal of Middle Eastern Studies "[Modern Arabic Poetry] establishes new standards of sensitivity, accuracy, and readability." -- World Literature Today
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart I: Poets Before the FiftiesIlya Abu MadiThe Human ClayThe PhoenixUmar Abu RishaA Roman TempleAn EagleIlyas Abu ShabakaYou or I?This Is My WineI Love YouAl-Akhtal al-SaghirThe Wisdom of LifeHind and her MotherSa'id 'AcqlDo Not Show Your LoveMore Beautiful Than Your EyesDark BeautyFrom: The Book of RosesBadawi al-JabalDark MirageThe VisitImmortalityBeautyAl Tijani Yusuf BashirTormented MysticMemories of the Village SchoolIlyas FarhatQuatrainsMy Burned SuitSalmaWildernessGibran Kahlil GibranVeiled LandEarthThe Seven StagesFameThe PoetHafiz IbrahimDescribing a SuitMuhammad M. al-JawahiriCome Down, DarknessLullaby for the HungryMutran Khalil MutranBoycottEveningAhmad al-Safi al-NajafiWhere is the Guard?The Pleasures of DarknessThe Ship of LifeThe MothIbrahim NajiFarewellOblivionAmin NakhlaTo the Beloved Grown Past YouthBlack SongMikha'il al-RasafiPoem to al-RaihaniThe Abyss of DeathAbu al-Qasim al-ShabbiLife's WillQuatrains from "Song of Ecstacy"Ahman ShauqiBois de BoulogneThoughts on SchoolchildrenAn Andalusian Exile'Ali Mahmud TahaThe Blind MusicianEgyptian SerenadeIbrahim TuqanThe MartyrPerplexityJamil S. al-ZahawiBoth StrangersPart II: Poets After the FiftiesHasan 'AbdallahI Remember Having LovedMuhammad 'Abd al-HayyOde of SignsSalah 'Abd al-SaburExpectation: Night and DayThe Gist of the StoryThe People of my CountryWinter SongThe Sun and the Woman'Abd al-Razzaq 'Abd al-WahidDreaded RoadReaching FortyYou Rise Among TruthsShauqi Abi ShaqraWater for the Family HouseThe StudentFugueAdunisA Mirror to KhalidaBeginning SpeechA SongMihyar, A KingA Grave for New York'Ali Ja'far al-AllaqPoetLady of ChaosMuhammad al-As'adGardens for the Fire and the RainThe Princess'Abd-Allah al-BaraduniFrom Exile to ExileA Rose From Al-Mutannabi's BloodSaleen BarakatDilana and DiramThe Wild GoatThe Cows of HeavenThe GreyhoundThe Hoopoe birdThe FlamingoThe Squirrel'Abd al-Wahhab al-BayyatiThe ImpossibleLuzumiyyaThe Birth of Aisha and Her DeathElegy for AishaMohammad BennisThe Second ComingBelonging to a New FamilySargon BoulusLighterPoemMy Father's DreamSiegeMahmoud al-BuraikanTale of the Assyrian StateMan of the Stone CityAhmad DahburIn Memory of 'Iziddin al-QalaqThe Death of the ShoemakerMahmoud DarwishDiary of a Palestinian WoundBreadBeirutPoems After BeirutZuhur DixonOvertureDialogue of the Night of the RosesSeason of Beginning and End Two Hands on the WaterAmal DunqulThe Scaffold CornerTomorrowTrainsThe City A Wrecked ShipSalah Fa'iqPoemsMuhammad al-FaituriThe StoryIncidentThe Question and the AnswerThe DervishThe Closed DoorA ScreamThe VisionMuhammad al-GhuzziFemaleQuatrains for JoyYour EyesA DreamThe PenMy SisterTaghoreThe Beggar