"Prince of Poetry"

Tamim Barghouti, son of famous, beloved Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti and the amazing Egyptian novelist Radwa Ashour, is a participant in “Prince of Poetry,” which seems to be an American Idol for Arab poets. Check out his excellent poem, “In Jerusalem.” Beautiful.

2 thoughts on “"Prince of Poetry"

  1. He is amazing…I was watching the show last night and thought about your blog (yes, I am a fan of your blog and work) and wondered whether you know about this show or not. And just today as I was checking your blog I see that you did mention it…weird eh!
    Anyhow, I think this show is much needed over there especially after all the crap that is on Arab tv now…but I am not sure if I would say this show is like American Idol…yes it’s the same concept but…the Arab version of American Idol is “Pop Star”.
    I think this show is truly changing the literary scene in the Middle East – poets are all of a sudden celebrities. I am not sure if that’s a good thing…

  2. hey…how exciting about the telepathic connection 🙂

    i think the show’s popularity is exciting, though your wariness about it is definitely warranted.

    we’ll see what happens in the next season, too, if all the poets come politicized…

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