This semester, I continued participating in Arabic Poetry Club. We covered a wide variety of poems, from classical works to modern protest poetry. Sophie had the great idea of having us each pick a poem and present it to the class. I chose Ahmed Matar’s “A Tear Over the Dead Body of Freedom,” which I ended up memorizing and reciting at the Arabic Talent Show. Ahmed Matar is an Iraqi poet who writes in protest of unjust governments and is currently living in London.
When I first began learning the poem, I stumbled my way through it. But by the time I recited it the words just seemed to flow one after the other. Arabic poetry is really beautiful, and it is amazing to hear the words coming out of my mouth be more than a stumbling attempt at expressing a thought. I look forward to learning more.