Poetry cannot slit a child’s throat

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Desert

The cities dissolve, and the earth is a cart loaded with dust
Only poetry knows how to pair itself to this space.

“Poetry cannot slit a child’s throat, nor kill a man or destroy a museum,” said Adonis, whose real name is Ali Ahmad Saïd Esber.

Calling for a separation between the state and religion, he said poets could play an important role in bringing this about.

“Arab poetry has always been against God,” he said. There are no great poets in our history who were great believers like for example (Paul) Claudel in France.”

“The future lies in secularism….”

Read more:

Syrian poet Adonis says poetry ‘can save Arab world’ – GAËL BRANCHEREAU – The Times of Israel – 9/26/16

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