The Poetry of Arab Israeli Women

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Arab Israeli women are one of the most underrepresented groups of writers in Israel and the world. It’s very difficult to find such work that’s been translated into English. And so today, we spotlight the poetry of three such women.

I’m using Nathalie Handal’s anthology “The Poetry of Arab Women.”

Text:
“The Path of Affection” by Laila Allush, translated by Abdelwahab M Elmessiri.
“I Love in White Ink” by Siham Da’oud, translated by Helen Knox and Smadar Lavie.
“Interlaced Lines for the Same Moment” by Ghada el-Shafa’I, translated by Atef Abu-Seif with Nathalie Handal.

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