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Emily Drumsta

Two Stories by Radwa Ashour

[Radwa Ashour at her office at Ain Shams. Photo by Lobna Ismail]

Two Stories by Radwa Ashour The Man Sitting in the Park is Waiting At first I didn’t notice him. I was busy playing with the little one: he would throw the ball, I’d raise my head to follow it as it flew up high, then I’d run with my arms open to meet it as it fell. The little one was jumping and running, babbling and laughing endlessly, and like him I was running and laughing, though my movements were heavier, my cries fewer. The sun’s disc burned orange in a clear sky, ...

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"Revolt Against the Sun" by Nazik al-Mala'ika

[Nazik al-Mala'ika. Image from Wikipedia]

Revolt Against the Sun By Nazik Aal-Mala’ika [The Iraqi poet Nazik al-Mala'ika is perhaps best known for the important role she played in the development and popularization of Arabic "free verse" (or taf'ila poetry) in the 1950s. After laying out the basic parameters of this new poetic form in the preface to her second collection of poetry, Fragments and Dust (Shazaya wa Ramad) in 1949, she later expanded her discussion of the topic in a critical text titled ...

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Emily Drumsta

Emily Drumsta is a Ph.D. student and Jacob K. Javits fellow in Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include modern Arabic poetry, literature in French and Arabic from the Maghreb, postcolonial theory, and translation studies. She is co-managing editor of and frequent contributor to Tahrir Documents, an online archive which publishes translations of papers and pamphlets collected at demonstrations in Cairo from 25 January 2011 to the present. Her translations have previously been published in Circumference magazine.