Adonis has been called "today's most daring and provocative Arab poet," while his influence on Arabic literature has been likened to that of T.S. Eliot's on English-language verse.
Experimental in form and prophetic in tone, Adonis's poetry sings exultantly of both the sweet promise of eros and the angusih of exile. The just released English-language anthology, Adonis: Selected Poems, offers the first comprehensive survey of Adonis's work in English, as translated by the poet's handpicked translator, Khaled Mattawa
Adonis has written more than 20 books in his native Arabic. He received the Bjørnson Prize in 2007, the first International Zazim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award, and the highest award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels. He lives in Paris.
This program will be in Arabic with English translation.