“Why do I write? I’m go­ing to go ahead and quote Szym­borska on this: ‘I pre­fer the ab­sur­dity of writ­ing po­ems to the ab­sur­dity of not writ­ing” po­ems

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Sukoon mag­a­zine is an on­line lit­er­ary mag­a­zine and it’s some­thing that I be­gan, to also ll a void, to share the Arab nar­ra­tive in English. Not as trans­la­tions, but lit­er­a­ture by An­glo­phone Arab writ­ers from all over the world or western writ­ers who have some­thing to share about their Arab ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Dana Da­jani, with her wild tresses and in­fec­tious smile, is of­ten found at th­ese read­ings. A Pales­tinian ac­tress and writer, Da­jani is a mem­ber of Poeti­cians and a found­ing mem­ber of Floet­ics, a mesh of mu­sic, spo­ken word and im­prov. She shares the stage with Layla Khod­jasteh, who sings, and to­gether with mu­si­cians they of­fer other spo­ken word en­thu­si­asts the chance to col­lab­o­rate in var­i­ous evenings in Dubai.

There is also the vi­brant en­ergy and in­ten­sity of young Pales­tinian Farah Chamma, who has been tour­ing the world dur­ing the past year per­form­ing in four lan­guages, of­ten with a utist, an oud player and ador­ing fans gaz­ing at her di­shev­elled hair and care­lessly cho­sen funky T-shirts. Chamma, who joined the Poeti­cians at 16, shot to fame with a recorded poem on The Flex, a YouTube poetry-video chan­nel con­ceived by Sadiece Hol­land, now based in Abu Dhabi. Chamma has spent the past three years MCing events in Shar­jah’s Maraya Café, JLT’s Fraiche Café and, re­cently, Creek­side café in Deira.

Re­turn­ing to the UAE this au­tumn af­ter at­tend­ing the

Poetry is a call­ing for Zeina Hind Sho­ufani is a film­maker and the founder of The Poeti­cians

Dana Da­jani is a mem­ber of Poeti­cians and a found­ing mem­ber of Floet­ics

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