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Poems Featured in Issue 7


Emily BrontŽ: Remembrance 10 Gwendolyn Brooks: Truth 28
Edgar Lee Masters: Three Poems 11 Toni Morrison: Eve Remembering 29
Guest of Honour: Brian Patten 16-27 Janice Gould: Our House 30
Interview 16 Questions About the Soul 31
After Breakfast 18 Kit Fan: Last Night Wind Rose 34
Geography Lesson 20 Rain on a Spring Night 34
A Blade of Grass 21 Ahmed Elbeshlawy: The Symptoms of Love 44
The Right Mask 22 A Picture 45
Come into the City, Maud 24


Friends, Revisited 26    

Literary Criticism

Sayed Gouda: On Metre and Rhythm   46

Poems Featured in Issue 6



About the Nadwah 2
Editorial Board 2
Publishing Guidelines 3
Editorís Foreword 3
Call for Submission 3
 Classics Corner  
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali: Say Unto Brethren When They See Me Dead 6
Omar Ibn al-Farid: Pass Round the Remembrance of My Love 8
Adam Mickiewicz: The Ackerman Steppe 10
Mikhail Lermontov: The Triple Dream 11
Modern Poetry  
Rabindranath Tagore: Gitanjali I 12
P. L. Dunbar: Ships That Pass in the Night 13
The Debt 13
Hu Shi: Butterfly 14
On the Lake 14
Ku Sang: Eternity Today 15
Shu Xiangcheng: Ghosts 16
Truth 16
Samih al-Qassem: He Whispered Before He Took His Final Breath 17
My Rama 18
In Memory of the Palestinian Poet Samih al-Qassem by Nazih Kassis I, II 17-18
Contemporary Poetry  

Guest of Honour: Hatif Janabi

Interview 20
Portrait 25
Invitation 25
Language Iím Not in 26
So That the Butterfly Won't Die Inside Me 26
Sydney Lea: The Long and Short 30
Baron Wormser: My Wife Asks Me Why I Keep Photographs in a Drawer 31
Birgit Bunzel: The Breath of a Dove 32
Sharpshooting Memories 34
Lena Oh: The Fallen Fragrance 35
George Veis: Struggling for a Living 36
Stathis Gourgouris: Dream Times Three 37
Annamaria Ferramosca: A Pharaosís Lament 38
Since Life is Racing on 40
Eleonora Rimolo: We See Them from Below 42
Kokken Yokoyama: Shooting Star 43
Sayed Gouda: The Distant Shore 44
Living, Breathing 44
Bereaved in Grief 45
Literary Criticism  
Sayed Gouda: A Moment of Rhythm 46
A Glimpse of Art  
Williem van de Velde the Younger: Ships in a Gale the back cover

Poems Featured in Issue 5 of Nadwah


Sydney Lea - USA

you might have been that long-legged
woman striking as tall as you
we came out of the very same Rothko exhibit
the show was all on one floor
so where in the world could she have been
she seemed rushed hailed a cab and fled a mere instant

I noticed her beauty no doubt
but more her eyesí sadness though they never met mine
her look conveyed well I canít say what
she shook out her hair at the car-door

More on page 18 (Issue 5)


Sydney Lea - USA

His motherís doll surveys the living room.
Her hair is humanĖ his grandpaís. Fragile and dry,
still it clings to the sham childís jaundiced muslin dome.
In the kitchen, he has assembled a Chinese puzzle,
acquired somewhere on a trip in an age gone by:
back, that is, in the days when he still traveled.


Iíve watched him push his granny glasses up
above his brow, in order to scrutinize

More on page 20 (Issue 5)



Sydney Lea - USA

The young send their news by phone nowadays.
Iíve just watched a video from a son:
it shows his sweet-tempered three-year-old boy
winding a key inside a stuffed monkey,
then laying the musical toy in the crib
of his baby brother. Intent, he listens

More on page 22 (Issue 5)


Birgit Bunzel - Germany

Leaves quiver, compelled from below,
as though by the breath of the underworld.
The meadow, too, heaves in the wind,
and a heron with amber-beaded eyes
soars across the water with slow beats of
its wings.

More on page 28 (Issue 5)


Lena Oh - South Korea

Mom, Iím home.
Shouting to the air,
You throw me, here and there.
You left me scattered,
But no words before we parted.
All my life, I have accompanied you
To every little corner you wanted to go.
I was there with you,
Walking miles and miles together.
Itís alright you donít thank me, ever.

More on page 29 (Issue 5)

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Poems Featured in Previous Issues

Simon j. Ortiz - America

In this hemisphere, corn is ancient and young: it is the seed, food, and symbol of a constantly developing and revolutionary people.


Donít fret now.


Songs are useless

to exculpate sorrow.

Thatís not their intent anyway.

More on page 15 (Issue 4)

Itís near time to leave for the unknown

JumokeVerissimo - Nigeria 

(For a friend living with cancer)


Itís time to leave for the unknown

Time when past years skid in my head

Time to shed the burden of despair

From a mind where tears peak gut


Ignorance is no virtue for one dying

I choose contentment in knowing nothing

Gathering strength thinking and disregarding

More on page 25 (Issue 4)

To the Widow

Adjei Agyei-Baah - Ghana


You are the sleepless duck

Who rests on a single leg

Keeps vigil over a silent compound

And waits upon the ancestral spirits

To come for the last morsel of the day

More on pages 28-29  (Issue 4)

Dear Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Osita Igbo - Nigeria


We should all be feminists?  No! It is rusty; and rust cannot be a bluing for the geckoís skin. You claim to stuff rare sutures in fissure of the sun. You are the warmth of moon at night feast, trumpeting crystals of talons. 

More on pages 30-31 (Issue 4)

Merkabah: The Wind Over the Mountains

Sheikha A. - Pakistan


after Tafiyar Qaguwa: A Crabís Journey in Search of God by Umar Saleh Gwani (Stunned Collection) 


Wastage teaches us scraps are meaningful; 

we wipe plates with pieces of bread before setting  

them in a sink. Running with wolves could mean 

the same as salvaging grace. Our lessons become

More on page 32 (Issue 4)

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