No One Is on the Line: The Poetry of Mohsen Mohamed
Translated from the Arabic by Sherine Elbanhawy
Laertes Press, September 2023
These poems in No One is on the Line arose from the depths of incarceration, from the throat and intellect of Egyptian poetry Mohsen Mohamed who had been sentenced to five years of harsh imprisonment after a campus protest. The writing went on to win Egypt’s two most significant literary prizes. These poems speak of dislocation and the wrenching of the heart, of a found and forged community, of the bare lineaments of humanity disclosed in the throes of suffering. They are works of provocative witness and searching tenderness.
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