Thursday, September 03, 2009

Surprising Parity in Arab Anthology of American Poets

I read an article about a project to translate a number of poems into Arabic as part of a project to widen the Arabic world's access to foreign literature. Over a thousand titles are being translated for the anthology project including many by American poets. I was intrigued by the selection the and thought others might be as well. Check out these selections:

  • Langston Hughes
  • Charles Simic
  • Sylvia Plath
  • Anne Sexton
  • Charles Bukowski
  • Robert Bly
  • Ted Kooser
  • Billy Collins
  • Denise Levertov
  • Louise Gluck
  • Kim Addonizio,
  • AR Ammons
  • Florence Anthony
  • Theodore Roethke
  • Dorianne Laux

If anything, I am amazed that this project based in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates has a very close parity between men and women selected. Seven women out of fifteen total! 

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