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Lebanese Women Poets Co-Author a Book
Two Lebanese poets, Yacoub Haddad and Mojabber Mourani, recently published a book of poetry in both English and Arabic entitled Alone Together. The two women translated each other’s poems, which deal with themes of exile and hardship. A Huffington Post blogger tells the story of how Alone Together came to be:
Alone Together blossomed out of their friendship and what began as correspondence by snail mail which continued through emails, with Mojabber Mourani pouring out her thoughts in English, and Yacoub Haddad expressing herself in Arabic.
…In the book’s introduction and a message to Yacoub Haddad, [Mojabber Mourani] wrote:
Your voyages have been very different from mine, but both of us have been on long and tortuous journeys. We have navigated the seas of war and loss of many sorts, and our ports of call have lacked permanence. We have assumed identities and abandoned them. Perhaps… this book will shed some light on who we are. I have reveled in this virtual conversation, you in Arabic from the U.S., and I in English from Lebanon. And the journey continues…
Read the full post here.