Fri. 8 June 8 pm
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg, Kleines Parkett, Admission € 6 / 4
Nouri Jarah poet and journalist, Syria/UK Hazem Alazmah poet, Damascus Rasha Omran poet, Cairo and Syria Omar Soliman poet, Paris and Syria Music: Ashraf Kateb composer and violinist, Berlin and Syria Hosted by Aktham Suliman journalist, Berlin and Syria
Syrian poetry has an important place within Arabic poetry as a whole but is practically unknown in this country. Its players have had a share in the debates on form and function of poetry in the modern age and in the development of new currents. Four poets from different generations will be revealing the many facets of the Syrian poetry scene and society as a whole. Their poems cover a wide range of subjects and poetic forms from coming to terms with city life as contrasted with scenes of rural life to universal subjects such as love, loss and family ties, all viewed from many different perspectives. What they have in common is a rejection of ‘big’ philosophical questions and an often surprising view of the everyday. In the younger generation just as in the older one there is daring formal experimentation, with many poems combining old and new and showing a familiarity with the prevailing currents of world literature.
Hazem Alazmah (born in 1946 in Damascus, Syria) began publishing late, but was immediately hailed as an important figure in the 1990s. With no recognisable forerunners, his verse is marked by its experimental forms and complex but fluid language.
Nouri Jarah (born 1956 in Damascus, Syria). In all the changes his poetry has gone through, not least with changes of location, one thing has remained constant – the childlike perspective of a direct gaze stripping away outward appearance, giving very personal access to questions of poetry, the world, love and time.
Rasha Omran (born in 1964 in Tartous, Syria), is one of the best-known poets of the younger generation and speaks in her poems about loss and yearning as well as the small and unspectacular things of everyday life.
Omar Soliman (born in 1987 in Alkotaifah, Syria) has been awarded many literary prizes. His poems are marked by slight mourning as well as feelings of solitude and emptiness, for which he tries to compensate by focusing on small details.
Sponsored by: German Foreign Office
Project leader: Douraid Rahhal