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Iman Mersal

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Iman Mersal

Iman Mersal was born in 1966 in a small village in the Delta. A graduate of Mansura University, she was co-editor from 1985 to 1988 of the independent feminist magazine Bint al-Ard (Daughter of the Earth). Following her first book of poetry she switched to the avant-garde genre called qasidat al-nathr (prose poem), aligning herself with the "new generation" of poets who found the genre more suitable for describing the details of daily life. Her second book, Mamarr Muètim Yasluh li Taèallum al-Raqs (A Dark Passageway is Suitable for Learning to Dance), was selected as the best book of poetry in 1995 by polls conducted by a number of Egyptian magazines and newspapers.

Articles by Iman Mersal

In Perfect Happiness
By Iman Mersal
Before I sleepI will take the phone to bedand talk to them about many thingsto make sure they are really there,that they have dates for the weekend,and enough securitythat makes them fear old ageand makes…
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
He Marks the Weak Point
By Iman Mersal
Of course,the concrete pillars are not lacking in delicacy,and the columns of old houses are a nostalgia all their own.He added that he marks the weak pointand distributes its weight among the relatively…
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
Sometimes Wisdom Possesses Me
By Iman Mersal
One day wisdom will possess me / and I will not go to the party.
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
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I Look Around Me
By Iman Mersal
With the alertness of a creatureexpecting its demiseI usually look around me.Perhaps that is whymy neck has a strengththat does not match my body,and what is surprisingis that I do not foresee live bulletsfrom…
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
Things Elude Me
By Iman Mersal
One day I will pass by/ the house that used to be my home.
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
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Amina
By Iman Mersal
My perfect friend,/ why don't you leave now.
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
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I Have A Musical Name
By Iman Mersal
Maybe the window I sat byforetold an unusual glory.I wrote on my notebooks:Iman . . .A student at: Iman Mersal Elementary School.Neither the teacher's rodnor the laughs that leapt from the desks at…
Translated from Arabic by Khaled Mattawa
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