Taha’s reading rocked!

Taha and Peter Cole read a few of his poems to a full house yesterday, though Taha appeared exhausted after a long flight. Still, he told stories– long, intricate, hilarious ones– and read some amazing work, which he humbly thanked us for considering as poetry. Anton Shammas was in the audience– Anton was the first to translate Taha’s work into Hebrew, bringing him much attention- and Taha thanked him half a dozen times, calling him habibi over and over again. It was a heart-warming event.

Here is a poem that brought tears to many eyes. Here it is in Arabic.

One thought on “Taha’s reading rocked!

  1. Ah, the empathy… beautiful, indeed. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s a video of Taha reading the poem in arabic followed by Cole reading his translation.

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