The great Syrian-Lebanese poet Adonis recommends an Egyptian poet, Abdel-Moneim Ramadan, whose work appears here for the first time in English. Ramadan's dazzling poem evokes Adonis's famous "Funeral for New York" (itself in dialogue with Lorca's Poeta en Nueva York) and its appeal to Whitman in the face of the decline of the city; but the younger poet extends the connection, placing Whitman in direct conversation with Lorca and the giants of Arabic poetry. Steeped in multiple poetic traditions, “Funeral for Walt Whitman” links poets across languages and generations—as we hope to do with The World through the Eyes of Writers.
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