A crack in the wall: new Arab poetry

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This anthology of new Arab poetry highlights the work of a new generation of poets from around the Arab world--men and women from as far as Morocco to the West and Iraq to the East. Their writings may span three decades, but the new forms, styles and subject matters they experiment with clearly indicate a departure from the old towards an explosion of new poetry that is innovative, expressive, and daring. This is also a personal journey for most as they delve into their past, ethnicity--often multiple--and cultural complexities, with an intensity of images and emotions.

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Preface by James Kirkup
Etel Adnan
Basheer alBaker

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About the author (2001)

Margaret Obank has an MA in Applied Linguistics from London University. She has worked in publishing for many years and is currently the publisher and editor of Banipal, the Magazine of Modern Arab Literature in English translation, which she established in 1998. Samuel Shimon is a writer and poet. Born in Iraq in 1956, his first short stories were published in 1975 and in 1985 he started publishing poetry. His collection of poems, Old Boy, was published in 1987. He is assistant editor of Banipal.

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