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Sheikh Imam Isa

Sheikh Imam Remembers Negm

[Hosh Qadam Alley, image from Chris Stone]

1962 was the definitive turning point in my life. That was the year I met Ahmed Fouad Negm, the year my entire life changed course, the year Negm and I began our journey together, the journey that made us who we are. Negm had just gotten out of prison. Back in 1959, he’d gone in on forgery charges, if I remember correctly. He did three years. It was during that spell in prison that he produced his first diwan of poetry, whose title, if my memory doesn’t fail me, Pictures ...

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