Authors: Adonis, Mahmud Darwish, Samih al-Qasim
I don't know if I'm a poetry person. I enjoy it. I admire it. But I don't know if I'll ever be one to happily curl up with a book of verse for hours on end. I've tried: Byron, Shakespeare, Frost, haiku, etc. It's lovely a little bit at a time, like a literary snack. But as an entree? I just don't think it's me.
The work here is enjoyable, and certainly quick. Few of the poems are long. "How I Became an Article" by al-Qasim is only two lines:
They killed me once
Then wore my face many times
The longest piece is Adonis's "The Desert (The Diary of Beirut Under Siege, 1982)" with 35 stanzas.
The imagery of the poems is beautiful and disturbing. I'm sure I'm missing a great deal without being able to experience the text in the original language but so it goes. Of the three, I enjoyed al-Qasim's style the best: short, economic and potent.