Monday, October 18, 2010

A radical voice amid regressive ethos

The NY Times: Syrian-born/French-citizen poet Adonis is A Revolutionary of Arabic Verse who admits, “The textbooks in Syria all say that I have ruined poetry."

“I wanted to draw on Arab tradition and mythology without being tied to it,” he said, adding, “I wanted to break the linearity of poetic text — to mess with it, if you will. The poem is meant to be a network rather than a single rope of thought.”

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