A poem entitled قصيدة العتمة [The verse of darkness] by Osama Al Danasouri from his 2001 collection على هيئة واحد شبهي [In the Semblance of One Resembling Me] which is included in the invaluable الأعمال الكاملة: دواوين، رواية، نصوص (Merit, 2009) [The Complete Works: poetry collections, a novel, texts].
New poems by Malaka Badr, who has previously published one collection, the excellent دون خسائر فادحة (Merit, 2012) [Without Heavy Losses], bits of which appeared in English in Maged Zaher’s selection of seven Egyptian poets’ works, The Tahrir of Poems (Alice Blue Books, 2014). The poems below are from an as yet unpublished collection. One of these poems, in Arabic, and not translated here, can be found here.
A selection of poems on motherhood and love from Rana Al Tonsi’s beautiful collection كتاب الألعاب (Dar Al Sharqiyat, 2015) [The Book of Games]. This is Rana’s eighth collection, a list of which appear at the end of this article. Her first was published in 2001, and a selection from her earlier works were collected together in عندما لا أكون في الهواء (Manshourat Al Jamal, 2014) [When I’m Not in the Air]. Sinan Antoon’s translations of poems from her 2003 collection وردة للأيام الأخيرة (Merit) [A Rose for the Last Days] appeared in Banipal, here.