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By Najwan Darwish Najwan Darwish

Translated By Kareem James Abu-Zeid

I need a strict manager
and an energetic secretary
and a correspondent to make my coffee
and my tea
I need an intellectual
and a poet
and a mafia godfather
to divide my life among them

And I’ll announce, after a while
my bankruptcy
like the companies do

I need a servant
and a traitor
a lover to have me murdered
beaten to death
by sandals in the bath:
I need a queen
to betray me with the king

Source: Poetry (April 2014).


This poem originally appeared in the April 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2014
 Najwan  Darwish


Najwan Darwish was born in Jerusalem in 1978. Since the publication of his first collection in 2000, his poetry has been translated into ten languages. Nothing More to Lose (New York Review Books) will be published this month.

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