Monday, October 18, 2010
Had the good fortune to attend the poetry reading today of Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis, UH Hosts Leading Arab Poet Adonis (Ali Ahmad Said), Oct. 18 & I cannot tell you how wonderful it feels to be able to do such, once again :D especially for such a world class poet (a Nobel Prize nominee).
Thus, Adonis, this reading, all superb!
He will also be in Austin at UT, along with Khaled Mattawa (a long-time favorite of mine, also), on 21 Oct (I have a flyer somewhere & will post it tomorrow but I think it's easy enough to find at UT's website if you want it immediately). So, hey: if you're in the vicinity of Texas a all, take a breather from all that other stuff the world likes to hand us all and go to a poetry reading that really matters: Adonis is not your everyday poet--he was friends with Edward Said (Said passed a few years ago, of course), has struggled against oppression in multiple ways all his life, and he's quite the philosopher, yet no less a remarkably optimistic dean of letters. I was truly amazed by the man and the poetry.