Embrace by Najwan Darwish, trans. By Atef Alshaer with Paul Batchelor
'Embrace by Najwan Darwish continues the Poetry Translation Centre's amazing project to bring work from all over the world to the attention of English-speaking eyes and ears. Darwish is very much a poet for our fractured times and works hard to make work that is at once approachable but which also sings with great depth of meaning. As he says 'We will keep meeting and bidding farewell/like two lost waves in a vast sea’.’
Najwan Darwish is one of the most significant voices to have emerged in Arabic this century. His poems – often written in response to historical injustices in Palestine and beyond – can be woundingly direct or disconcertingly witty. This selection of his recent work showcases the variety and force of his lyric talent.
The Poetry Translation Centre’s World Poet Series showcases the most exciting living poets from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The poems in this edition have been translated by Atef Alshear working with the poet Paul Batchelor.
With an Afterword by Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee.