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I'll be here tomorrow to help read English translations of Abdyaghooth's (a.k.a. Abdullah Al Kalbani) excellent viscera. Abdyaghooth is an Omani poet of greatly disturbing words. The selection we'll be reading together (he in Arabic, I in English) comes from his first collection of poetry, Tifl Yatanazah fi Maqbara (A Child Strolling in a Cemetery). If anyone's in the area and wants to attend, there'll also be a panel discussion on multi-cultural views on poetry directly before the reading. Details follow:

Friday 8th ‘Wild Freedom’ The Bakery, ArtRage Complex

10.30 am – 11.30 am -- Panel discussion, ‘Words from Everywhere’ -, Afeif Ismail, Abdullah Al Kalbani, Pierre Van Osselaer, Chaired by Vivienne Glance
11.45 am – 1 pm -- Readings – featuring the panelists and an open microphone session for poets to read in a diversity of languages.
1 pm to 1.30 pm -- Lunch

The Bakery is located at 233 James St, Northbridge. Map here.

If you think I'm nervous when I read my own poetry in front of a bunch of strangers, think about how I feel reading someone else's babies in front of a bunch of strangers. Positive energy welcomed to death.

Comments

stitchfrequency
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC)
*lots of positive energy*
I wish I could go! I've never heard of someone reading another person's poetry...and in a different language no less. Very cool concept.
vampyrichamster
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:41 pm (UTC)
Thank yous! :)
I am honoured to be able to read someone else's poetry, in the sense that I still can't believe anyone trusts me with it. I hope I do not disappoint the original author. And it is a very cool concept. I think Abdu's poetry deserves to be more widely understood! :)
vampyrichamster
Sep. 7th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
PS: I can send the poems I'm reading to you if you like -- far away friends should be brought nearer, I say.
stitchfrequency
Sep. 7th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
sure! send away, please: daikirai34@yahoo.com :D
vampyrichamster
Sep. 8th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
Sent! :)
stitchfrequency
Sep. 8th, 2006 06:18 pm (UTC)
They were all beautiful! Now I really wish I had been there. I would have liked to have heard them in Arabic too.

In any case, I hope the reading went well! :D
vampyrichamster
Sep. 9th, 2006 06:12 pm (UTC)
I am glad you enjoyed them. :)
It's true they don't measure up at all in English to the original Arabic though. If the reading proved anything, it was that poetry is truly best read in its original language.