Adonis, born Ali Ahmad Sa’id, is a Syrian poet. Author of twelve books of poetry, and many books of literary and cultural criticism and several translations, he has been one of the leading modernizers of modern Arabic poetry since the mid-twentieth century. He is recipient of the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature for 2017.

Winter 2011


By Adonis, translated by Khaled Mattawa

The cities dissolve, and the earth is a cart loaded with dust Only poetry knows how to pair itself to this space. No road to his house, a siege, and […]


By Adonis

from Concerto Al-Quds* Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa A. Questions *Why is every atom of Palestine’s ash an open wound? *How does this wound create life with the implements […]