Angry Voices: An Anthology of the Off-Beat New Egyptian Poets

Angry Voices: An Anthology of the Off-Beat New Egyptian Poets

by Mohamed Enani, Mohamed Metwalli
     
 

A new movement is emerging in Egyptian literature—urban in its energies; cosmopolitan in its national, Arabic, and western influences; and independent and rowdy in its voice. For centuries, Arabic literature mandated traditional, unchanging, highly structured language and forms. In the 1960s and 1970s, writers rebelled to write in a variety of vernaculars. Now

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A new movement is emerging in Egyptian literature—urban in its energies; cosmopolitan in its national, Arabic, and western influences; and independent and rowdy in its voice. For centuries, Arabic literature mandated traditional, unchanging, highly structured language and forms. In the 1960s and 1970s, writers rebelled to write in a variety of vernaculars. Now, young Egyptian poets are inventing new ways of writing. Rejecting both traditional Arabic formalism and the vernacular rebellion—and, contradictorily, drawing equally on these traditions and others—they radically combine and recombine influences and bring new experiences into their poetry. They embrace experimentation. Rejected at first by the literary establishment, these poets founded their own magazines, one of which appropriated a derisive term that had been used to dismiss them: Locusts. Now one of Egypt's most honored translators and writers has joined with one of those Locusts to gather a selection of this postmodern writing in one place for the first time. With its edginess and play of styles, this collection showcases a dynamic, emergent scene.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557287434
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Series:
Arabic Translation Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Why Are Seamen Always Miserable?3
" - "6
Dali8
Behind the House9
A Tale11
The Wall of Genesis15
Childhood Wall17
Anwar Kamel Celebrates Le Quatorze Juillet18
If I Were a God21
Untitled24
This Is How the Magician Produces a Dove out of the Hat27
There Is Music Going Down the Stairs29
We Must Be Assured That a Fine Poet Will Be Born, Even after Fifteen Years31
A Morning Window32
A Relic33
Aida33
Streets of Black and White36
In Front of the House40
The Mermaid41
A Bird Close to Old Houses41
A Village Near a Church42
Archeology44
Declining Sun47
Dust Storm50
I Considered Myself52
A Child Hunting Tales55
Nearly Three Million Years Ago59
Nightmares Fit to Arouse Misgivings60
Neutrality62
Repetition62
Too Many Times63
A Portrait64
A Dance with Nothing On, with Nobody Around65
Thermometer of Happiness68
No Need to Discourage Dreams70
A Personal Portrait72
A Good Man Talking to Himself73
The Sadder Man77
Charlie Chaplin80
The Singer81
For Heiner Muller83
Don Quixote and the Flour Mills87
Half a Lemon, Half a Cigarette, and Half a Desire to Have It Off90
The Devil's Symbol91
Truth: I Have Five Fingers on Each Hand!93
The Harem95
Troy97
Marionette100
On the Declaration of Joy103
Small Bodies That Cannot Be Heeded104
I Can Talk to Them106

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