Wipe my exhausted forehead,

Give me back the stolen evening chants.

My memory, which you infused with blame,

I lent it to the sun.

The moon is a destiny 

And the sun comes to pass.

The sky trembles

Under the sun’s ragged dress.

I will dot it with a plethora of stars

And laugh 



She washed herself in the street.

The river couldn’t be reached.

She took her clothes away in public

but she wasn’t naked:

there was a thick curtain of isolation and madness.

The people who never noticed her once

saw her with the eyes the wolf,

a large piece of flesh.

It wasn...

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Translated from Arabic by Valentina Viene

The old Europeans love to wear red
in spite of a life whose colour is the bark of trees.
They proceed slowly
but they don’t hesitate at a turning.

The elderly,
It suffices them to be first in the bus row
during their free excursi...

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