Reading “The Rain Song” by Badr Shakir al-Sayyab, with Dona Abbadi
Metapsychosis #OnlyPoetry channel presents:
A guided reading and discussion of Iraqi poet Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab’s poem, “The Rain Song,” with Jordan-based author Dona Abbadi.
Dona guides us through a reading of one of the most beloved poems in 20th-century Arabic literature, helping us translate between languages and across cultural, historical, and religious contexts, to better understand and appreciate the meaning of Al-Sayyab’s work.
We begin with some music to set the mood…
Marco V Morelli
Recorded: 22 March 2019
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