Andrée Chedid

(1920 – 2011 / Cairo / Egypt)

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Andrée Chedid (Arabic: أندريه شديد‎) (20 March 1920 – 6 February 2011) was a French poet and novelist of Lebanese descent.
Chedid was born in Cairo on 20 March 1920. When she was ten, she was sent to a boarding school, where she learned English and French. At fourteen, she left for Europe. She then returned to Cairo to go to the American University. Her dream was to become a dancer. She ... more »

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The Final Poem

A forge burns in my heart.
I am redder than dawn,
Deeper than seaweed,
More distant than gulls,
More hollow than wells.
But I only give birth
To seeds and to shells.

My tongue becomes tangled in words:
I no longer speak white,
Nor utter black,
Nor whisper gray of a wind-worn cliff,
Barely do I glimpse a swallow,
A shadow's brief glimmer,
Or guess at an iris.

Where are the words,
The undying fire,
The final poem?
The source of life?

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