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Live Encounters Arab Poets in Translation August 2023
*Arabs also took part in poetry gatherings in pre-Islamic times. This was known as Suq Ukaz, where poets from different places met to recite their poetry in a cultural festival supported by their rulers. – Dr. Salwa Gouda.
Thank you, Dr. Salwa Gouda, for gathering twenty-three Arab poets from Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, and Palestine, and translating their unpublished work into English.
Is poetry lost in translation? Can the essence of its cultural roots be transported into another Word without losing the colour, texture and breath of its soul?
The question is – how else can one read poetry written in a foreign language?
How do poets meet in the warp and weft of cultures if language is the barrier?
This edition of Arab poets in translation is the first in a series of cross-cultural poetry conferences in Word. Live Encounters hopes to publish Irish poets in translation (in Arabic) in the near future.
Our salaams to:
Ahmad Al-Shahawy, Ahmed Al-Muraikhi, Ahmed Nabawi, Aicha Bassry, Ali Al-Shalah, Chawki Bazih, Esraa Al-Nimr, Essam Khalifa, Faris Khader, Gerges Shoukry, Hassan Najmi, Kamal Abdel Hamid, Maha Otoum, Mohamed Miloud Grafi, Muhammad Al-Kafrawi, Muhammad Al-Mutayyam, Musa Hawamdeh, Nagat Ali, Nihad Zaki, Parween Habib, Reem Najmi, Sameh Mahgoub and Samir Darwish.
Mark Ulyseas has served time in advertising as copywriter and creative director selling people things they didn’t need, a ghost writer for some years, columnist of a newspaper, a freelance journalist and photo-grapher. In 2009 he created Live Encounters Magazine, in Bali, Indonesia. It is a not for profit (adfree) free online magazine featuring leading academics, writers, poets, activists of all hues etc. from around the world. March 2016 saw the launch of its sister publication Live Encounters Poetry, which was relaunched as Live Encounters Poetry & Writing in March 2017. In February 2019 the third publication was launched, LE Children Poetry & Writing (now renamed Live Encounters Young Poets & Writers).
In August 2020 the fourth publication, Live Encounters Books, was launched. He has edited, designed and produced all of Live Encounters’ 271 publications (till August 2023). Mark’s philosophy is that knowledge must be free and shared freely to empower all towards enlightenment. He is the author of three books: RAINY – My friend & Philosopher, Seductive Avatars of Maya – Anthology of Dystopian Lives and In Gethsemane: Transcripts of a Journey. https://liveencounters.net/mark-ulyseas/