For World Refugee Week: 4 Poems

Arabic Literature (in English)

Refugee Week runs June 20-26. 

refugeeweek2016_ogo2From: The refugee tells

By Sargon Boulus, trans. Youssef Rakha

The refugee absorbed in telling his tale

feels no burning, when the cigarette stings his fingers.

He’s absorbed in the awe of being Here

after all those Theres: the stations, and the ports,

the search parties, the forged papers…

[the poem in full]

From: The Last in a Line of Refugee Descendents

By Ashraf Fayadh, trans. Jonathan Wright

Being a refugee means standing at the end of the queue
to get a fraction of a country.
Standing is something your grandfather did, without knowing the reason.
And the fraction is you.
The country: a card you put in your wallet with your money.
Money: pieces of paper with pictures of leaders.
Pictures: they stand in for you until you go back.
Going back: a mythical creature that appears in your grandfather’s stories.
Here…

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