Nizar Qabbani

I’ve never really felt comfortable with poetry. Perhaps I’m too lazy for it, but it seems that too much is hidden and obfuscated. I generally like to read things that are cleaner and straight forward.

That being said, I have found one poet, so far, that I find difficult not to read over and over again; the wonderful Arabic poet, Nizar Qabbani. I especially love his poetry that deals with love and relationships.

So here is a small sample of his work:

My lover asks me:
“What is the difference between me and the sky?”
The difference, my love,
Is that when you laugh,
I forget about the sky.
– Nizar Qabbani

Translated by B. Frangieh and C. Brown

I love this book:
On Entering the Sea

Rating: ★★★★½

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