18
Oct
2014

Etal Adnan

Huw Lemmey

8:08
PM
2014

One of the most powerful contributions came from Lebanese-American poet and artist Etal Adnan, who read a number of moving works from her book of poems The Arab Apocalypse, born out of the first years of the Lebanese Civil War, not least those who suffered in the Palestinian refugee camps.

I want people to call God “our brother” our “brother”

O celestial comrade born of the Night and of Light ! STOP

O celestial comrade receive your brothers in your eternity

O celestial comrade write their name on their burnt limbs

O celestial comrade give water and bread to the hungry

O celestial comrade give fuel to the friendly airplane

O celestial comrade please the widows by evoking their husbands

O celestial comrade allow brides to ignore the sounds of war

O celestial comrade reunite the combatants’ dispersed bones

O celestial comrade erase the blackness of mourning and plant rose bushes

O celestial comrade sing a requiem of glory for those whose voice is sealed in tombs