Anonymous asked: Who are you because I think I love you.

I am whatever you say I am… And such..

No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. — Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), The Scarlet Letter

DNA. By Mazen Maarouf

There’s one way

to scream..

remember that you are Palestinian.

One way to scrutinize your face

in a bus window as date trees and porters flicker past

and break your reflection.

One way

to reach the ozone layer

lightly, like a helium balloon

or to cry

because you’re a bastard.

One way

to place your hands over the breasts of the one you love

and dream

of faraway things:

a small flat in a suburb of Paris, the Louvre,

loads and loads

of loneliness and books.

One way to die:

inciting the snipers

in the early hours of the morning.

To call your cheating girl

a whore.

To smoke weed in a lift,

alone, at eleven o’clock at night;

to write a miserable poem in the bathroom.

One way

to scream in the gutter

where your face waves again

in a toxic puddle

where you remember, in one way,

you are definitely nothing



Arab Poets in Engilsh Series

Copyright Mazen Maarouf

A nation is a society united by a delusion about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbours. — William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

In a society obsessed with imagery, it’s not just what we wear that comes under scrutiny

Crane TV interview of

Michael Salu

Artistic Director Granta


Thanks to medical advance
Dr. Mohsin can now say

that the Egyptian people specifically 
should munch on beans.

Further more Dr. Mohsin says,
"surely meat is poison.

It increases stomach diseases
and habitualises robbing.

Causes man to sleep more 
and screws up all his appointments.”

And generally it is known that those who eat meat 
go to hell forever!

Dear chubby Dr. Mohsin
Mr irresponsible source!

Your one of our great minds
and the world is in great need of your mind

what is your esteemed opinion of, 
that crazy man who screams?

Leave us to die eating meat
and you can keep the beans.
By. Ahmed Fouad Negm 
Arab Poets in English
Copyright Ahmed Fouad Negm