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14th Anniversary Edition, Live Encounters Poetry & Writing Volume Seven Nov-Dec 2023.
Sleeper, poems by Hassan Najmi.
Mausoleum of Anna Akhmatova
“Pray for me” (Anna, 1938)
No winter is longer than this one
Only the little gods know –
Why have we stayed here, until now, guarding the mausoleum?
(Even at night, we do not part from you.)
Books said that the Tatar would wake up from her eternal sleep –
And you will go with us, with a green heart, back to the court of life
That is why we are here –
Our poem prays for you.
© Hassan Najmi
Hassan Najmi (1960, Ibn Ahmed, Settat province) is a Moroccan poet, author, and journalist. He was The President of the Union of Writers of Morocco between 1998 and 2005 and former head of the House of Poetry in Morocco. He is also the President of the Moroccan Center for the International PEN Club and Secretary General of the Argana Prize for Poetry. He founded the House of Poetry in Morocco, along with a group of Moroccan poets (December 1995) and was elected vice-president and spokesperson for the House. He received many Arab and international awards, and his works have been translated into more than ten languages. He has also translated into Arabic the poetic works of a number of the world’s leading poets.