Poetry is the journey of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

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Nadwah - Hong Kong - 5 July 2008



Macedonian publishing house “Makavej” has recently published a collection of poetry by the Egyptian poet Sayed Gouda, entitled “Prophet of the Poets.” The 60-pager contains a selection of 34 poems which were selected and translated by His Excellency the former Macedonian ambassador to Egypt and Turkey and famous contemporary Macedonian poet and novelist, Trajan Petrovski.


        Sayed Gouda is an Egyptian poet and novelist. He was born in 1968 in Cairo and he has been living in Hong Kong since 1992. He majored in the Chinese language. Sayed Gouda has won the first prize of poetry in 1990 before he migrated to Hong Kong. He has three books of poetry in the Arabic language ("The Smoke of Love", "The Sad Questions of Cassandra", and "Between a Broken Dream and Hope") and a novel in the English language called "Once Upon a Time in Cairo". He has translated hundreds of poems from and into Arabic, Chinese, and English and all have been published in major literary newspapers and magazines in the Arab world as well as in China and HK. Currently he is the editor of a tri-lingual literary website called Arabic Nadwah. Sayed Gouda organizes a monthly literary salon in Hong Kong since April 2004. He runs a publication house in Hong Kong mainly to publish Arabic Literature translated into English and Chinese.


“The Prophet of the Poets” is Gouda’s first volume of poetry published in Macedonian language before this year’s annual world poetry festival in August, The Struga Poetry Evenings. His works have also been translated into Chinese, English, and other world languages.


Book Details:


� GENRE: Poetry

� PAGES: 60




� ISBN-13: 987-9989--164--94--1

� DIMENSIONS: 17 x 11 x 0.5 cM


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