Valentine’s Day is just two days off. Nothing yet to scribble in your card?
Three Arabic poems were among those chosen for the “50 greatest modern love poems“; they are: “Love,” by Iman Mersal, trans. Khaled Mattawa; “A Song and Three Questions” by Amjad Nasser, also trans. Mattawa, and “In Search of the Other” by Ashjan Al Hendi, trans. the author.
High romantic love:
For this, there is Nizar Qabbani. See seven of his poems translated by B. Frangieh and C. Brown. Or “When I Love You,” trans. Lena Jayyusi and Jack Collum.
Raunchy love…or anti-love:
Many of the poems from the first chapter of Sinan Antoon’s The Poetics of the Obscene in Premodern Arabic Poetry should suffice, whatever your desire.
Man to man:
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