A Tribute to Adonis: Open Evening

Friday, 03 February 2012

7pm, Mosaic Rooms, London
In the first of a series of events at the Mosaic Rooms celebrating the Syrian poet Adonis, the poet himself will be speaking alongside Khaled Mattawa, Libyan-American poet and translator of Adonis's award-winning Selected Poems (published in 2010 by Yale). The evening will include readings in Arabic by Adonis, and in English by Khaled Mattawa. This event kick-starts a series of literary events with Adonis and an exhibition of his exquisite drawings. 

Time: 7pm
Venue: Mosaic Rooms, London, SW5 0SW
Tickets: £8; Concessions £5. Visit the official website to buy tickets

For a glimpse of what’s in store on the evening watch Adonis read his poem A Grave For New York here and read the exclusive English translation by Khaled Mattawa here

More about Adonis's 'Selected Poems'

Born in Syria in 1930, Adonis is one of the most celebrated poets of the Arabic-speaking world. His poems have earned international acclaim, and his influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T. S. Eliot's on English-language verse. This volume serves as the first comprehensive survey of Adonis' work, allowing English readers to admire the arc of a remarkable literary career through the labours of the poet's own handpicked translator, Khaled Mattawa.

Experimental in form and prophetic in tone, Adonis' poetry sings exultantly of both the sweet promise of eros and the lingering problems of the self. Steeped in the anguish of exile and the uncertainty of existence, Adonis demonstrates the poet's profound affection for Arabic and European lyrical traditions even as his poems work to destabilize those very aesthetic and moral sensibilities. This collection positions the work of Adonis within the pantheon of the great poets of exile, including Cesar Vallejo, Joseph Brodsky, and Paul Celan, providing for English readers the most complete vision yet of the work of the man whom the cultural critic Edward Said called 'today's most daring and provocative Arab poet'.