Metapsychosis #OnlyPoetry channel presents:
A guided reading and discussion of Iraqi poet Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab’s poem, “The Rain Song,” with Jordan-based author Dona Abbadi.
We begin with a Sufi song to set the mood. Then @Dona guides us through a reading of one of the most celebrated poems in 20th-century Arabic literature, helping us translate between languages and across cultural, historical, and religious contexts, to better understand and appreciate the meaning of al-Sayyab’s work.
Marco V Morelli
- Myth, T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”, and Modern Arabic Poetry: Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab’s “Rain Song” and “Jaikur and the City”
And…is this the same poem?
The poetry of Badr Shakir Al Sayyab also appears in this recent music video by rapper I-NZ: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=18&v=fvxZLKtkgiM
(…which is a adaptation of Childish Gambino’s “This is America,” nominated for “best video” in the MTV music video awards in 2018.)
All @writers are invited to join us for this event! Please RSVP below.
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