Biography of Khaled Mattawa
Khaled Mattawa (born 1964) is a Libyan poet, and a renowned Arab-American writer, he is also a leading literary translator, focusing on translating Arabic poetry into English. He works as an Assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, where he currently lives and writes.
Khaled Mattawa Poems
Taproot And Cradle
Evening coffee, and my mother salts her evening broth—not equanimity, but the nick of her wrist—
Date Palm Trinity
Today the date palms were pruned, the branches taken before the fruit ripened, before sweetness littered the sidewalks. The man who sawed them worked alone,
My mother forgets to feed her animals because it's only fair. She rushes to them when she hears hoarse roosters crowing
East of Carthage: An Idyll
Look here, Marcus Aurelius, we've come to see your temple, deluded the guards, crawled through a hole in the fence. Why your descendent, my guide and friend
The radio blares "Dialogue of Souls," and the woman who hated clouds watches the sky.
The radio blares "Dialogue of Souls,"
and the woman who hated clouds
watches the sky.
Where is the sea now? she asks.
Where is it from here?
What is its name?—
this rain on a morning ride to school,
winter, my seventh year,
my father driving