Saturday, 30 June 2012

Nizar Qabbani, Choose + Omar Offendum, Damascus


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Choose

I have told you to choose so choose
Between death upon my chest
Or on top of my notebooks of poetry
Choose love, or no love
For it is cowardice for you to not choose
There is no middle ground
Between heaven and hell

Throw in all your cards
And I will be satisfied with any decision
Tell me, be passionate, explode
Don't stand like a nail
It is not possible for me to remain forever
Like straw beneath the rains
Choose a fate between two
And nothing is more violent than my fate

You're exhausted and scared
And my journey is very long
Sink in the sea, or go away
There is no sea without whirlpools
Love is a big opponent
Sailing against the current
Crucifixion, torture and tears
And an exodus between the moons
Your cowardice is killing me woman!
Pull back the curtain
I do not believe in love
That does not bear the rashness of agitation
That does not break down all walls
That does not strike like a whirlwind
Ah, If your love swallows me
Pluck me out like a whirlwind

I have told you to choose so choose
Between death upon my chest
Or on top of my notebooks of poetry
Choose love, or no love
For it is cowardice for you to not choose
There is no middle ground
Between heaven and hell



كاظم الساهر - اختاري

إني خيَّرتُكِ فاختاري
ما بينَ الموتِ على صدري..
أو فوقَ دفاترِ أشعاري..
إختاري الحبَّ.. أو اللاحبَّ
فجُبنٌ ألا تختاري..
لا توجدُ منطقةٌ وسطى
ما بينَ الجنّةِ والنارِ..

رمي أوراقكِ كاملةً..
وسأرضى عن أيِّ قرارِ..
قولي. إنفعلي. إنفجري
لا تقفي مثلَ المسمارِ..
لا يمكنُ أن أبقى أبداً
كالقشّةِ تحتَ الأمطارِ
إختاري قدراً بين اثنينِ
وما أعنفَها أقداري..

مُرهقةٌ أنتِ.. وخائفةٌ
وطويلٌ جداً.. مشواري
غوصي في البحرِ.. أو ابتعدي
لا بحرٌ من غيرِ دوارِ..
الحبُّ مواجهةٌ كبرى
إبحارٌ ضدَّ التيارِ
صَلبٌ.. وعذابٌ.. ودموعٌ
ورحيلٌ بينَ الأقمارِ..
يقتُلني جبنُكِ يا امرأةً
تتسلى من خلفِ ستارِ..
إني لا أؤمنُ في حبٍّ..
لا يحملُ نزقَ الثوارِ..
لا يكسرُ كلَّ الأسوارِ
لا يضربُ مثلَ الإعصارِ..
آهٍ.. لو حبُّكِ يبلعُني
يقلعُني.. مثلَ الإعصارِ..

إنّي خيرتك.. فاختاري
ما بينَ الموتِ على صدري
أو فوقَ دفاترِ أشعاري
لا توجدُ منطقةٌ وسطى
ما بينَ الجنّةِ والنّارِ

 
Omar Offendum ~ Damascus

By Zalfa Rihani:

METAPHOR, IMAGE, AND MUSIC IN A LINE BY NIZĀR QABBĀNI   [pdf]

 

By Salman M. Hilmy:

Thoughts Inspired by PBS’s Two-Sentence Report on 

The Death of Syrian Poet

 Nizar Qabbani

Notes:
I am interested in reading Nizar Qabbani's poetics 
(translated into english)
written by the famed Syrian poet Nizar Qabbani for lyrics & to download  
Zalfa Rihani article from p. 54, Translation Review 64 (2002)
 English translation of "Choose" ~translated by Chris, a student of translation, on Arabic Song Lyrics & Translation (blog)
 
vid1: notes from youtube
Uploaded by on May 4, 2010
Syria Sat 100503
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- Syrian diplomat, poet, essayist and playwright, one of the most popular love poets in the Arab world. Qabbani wrote over 50 books of poetry. His central theme in his early erotic works was the physical attractiveness of women. He also revealed chauvinist attitudes of men towards women and urged women to rebel against their status in society. Later he portrayed the complex relationships between men. In the 1950s, Qabbani was with Abd al-Wahhab al-Bayyati among the pioneers, who started to use the simple language of everyday speech in verse.

Nizar Tawfiq Qabbani was born in Damascus (21 March 1923) as the son of a rich merchant. He studied law at the University of Damascus, graduating in 1945, and then started his career as a diplomat. He served in the Syrian embassies in Egypt (1945-48), Turkey (1948), Lebanon, Britain, China, and Spain. In 1954, the Syrian parliament considered demoting him from his diplomatic post due to his poem, 'Bread, Hashish, and the Moon'. In 1966 Qabbani retired and moved to Beirut,   , where he worked in literary journalism and eventually founded Manshurat Nizar Qabbani publishing house. He died 30 April 1998 in London.
- http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/quabba.htm

vid2:
jilluchiyama Uploaded on Jun 12, 2010
Syrian hip hop artist Omar Offendum performs "Damascus" at Harvard University. April 29, 2010

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