Poems

Ahmed Jama Ali

HIV/AIDS

Let’s stay safe,
By understanding AIDS is not for non-Muslims
Abstinence and faithfulness are so far our
Best known last line of defense.

Education

Education is the key of the world.
Without education the world could be like an egg with no door,
Availability of education is just like having peace, good life, regulation, love, harmony and a bright future,
To make an entrance for the world, one must
Look for education.

Fighting

To fight means to kill your brothers and sisters
(mankind), it is also to annoy God.
Not to fight means not to destroy the life or to create a good life full of peace, love and unity, it is also to make God happy.

Happening Now

  • A fall harvest of book reviews coming in: of The Others by Sarah BLAU (translated from the Hebrew by Daniella Zamir); of LO Yi-Chin’s Farewell, translated from the Chinese by Jeremy TIANG; of Véronique TADJO’s In the Company of Men

  • A fascinating interview with IWP’s Senior Advisor, professor Peter Nazareth, retired from UI’s English Department in spring 2021, after nearly five decades of teaching.

  • Word reaches us that poet HU Xudong  胡续冬, who also taught comparative and world literatures at Peking University (Beida), specializing in Latin American literatures, passed away unexpectedly. RIP, Hu Xudong…

  • We note with sadness the passing of Hiroshi SAKAGAMI 坂上 弘, whose long novelistic career garnered him major literary and cultural honors. A former president of the Japan Writers’ Association, he was until his retirement also the director of Keio University Press.

  • The poetic documentary Songs Still Sung: Voices from the Tsunami Shores, written and co-produced by Takako ARAI and creatively subtitled into English by a class of UI students of Japanese, will be screened at the prestigious Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, on-line 10/7-14/2021.

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