How much Arabic is in my poems: A Poetry reading interspersed by an essay on poetics and politics
Poet Maged Zaher
Published: Monday, April 23, 2012
Maged Zaher writes in his second language, English. His friend Leonard Schwartz pointed to him once how he hears traces of Arabic rhythm in Maged's English poems. Maged will be reading from several of his manuscripts and discusses what he thinks to be influencing his own poetry/poetics - things like traditional and avant-garde Arabic poetry and the different American modernist and postmodernist poetic schools.
Zaher was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and now lives in Seattle, Washington. His first full length book of poetry, Portrait of the Poet As an Engineer, was published by Pressed Wafer in 2009. His collaborative work with the Australian poet Pam Brown, Farout Library Software, was published by Tinfish Press in 2007. His translations of contemporary Egyptian poetry have appeared in Jacket magazine and Banipal. He has performed his work at Subtext, Bumbershoot, the Kootenay School of Writing, St. Marks Project, Evergreen State College, and American University in Cairo, among other places.