Marwan Ali
Marwan Ali
Three more poems from Marwan Ali

The following three poems were translated by Raphael Cohen. There was no space for them in Banipal 50 – Prison Writing, so we are pleased to include them here online.




I stop

under the tree


your balcony.

I give it a good shake

perhaps I’ll enjoy

an old look

of yours.






another reason for the Dutch translator’s passion to translate my poems. He got confused like the rest of them and translated the poems back into Arabic.




Whenever the train

goes by your house

it looks back.

That, in spite of the long journey

is the secret of the passengers’ joy.

Published in Banipal 50 - Prison Writing

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