Da Arablit.org del 17 febbraio 2021
Il poeta e traduttore marocchino Abdellatif Laâbi ha vinto il premio per la poesia Roger Kowalski 2021 per la sua collezione di poesie pubblicata nell’ottobre 2020, ‘Presque riens’.
ABDELLATIF LAABI WINS 2021 ROGER KOWALSKI AWARD FOR COLLECTION ‘PRESQUE RIENS’
The annual Roger-Kowalski Prize was created in 1984 by the city of Lyon. The 7,500 euro prize pays homage to the poet Roger Kowalski (1934-1975) and is awarded annually to a book of poetry by a living poet.
According to his publisher, in this book Laâbi questions the frailties of the body and the hopes of the spirit, which continues to struggle. He recalls being a prisoner in Morocco and how poetry saved him “just as it could help the reader to save themselves.”
In the book, he looks toward his own death, quoting Omar Khayyam as saying, “Rien ne manquait au monde quand nous n’étions pas nés / À l’heure de la mort pareil au même sera !”
His publisher, Le Castor Astral, calls it, “A song of hope despite everything.”
Goncourt-winning Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi — co-founder of the seminal journal Souffles — has a number of works in English translation, including Beyond the Barbed Wire: Selected Poems, tr. Naffis-Sahely; The Bottom of the Jar, tr. Naffis-Sahely; The Rule of Barbarism: Pirogue Poets Series, tr. Naffis-Sahely; and In Praise of Defeat: Poems by Abdellatif Laabi, tr. Donald Nicholson-Smith.