Ounsi El Hage

(1937 / Lebanon)

Ounsi El Hage
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Born in 1937.
- Son of journalist and translator Louis El Hage, and of Marie Akl, from Kaitouli, Jezzine (South of Lebanon).
- Did his school studies in the “Lycée français”, then in “La Sagesse” High School.
- Began to publish short stories, essays and poems in literary magazines since 1954, while he was still a high school student.
- Started exercising daily journalism professionally in Al Hayat in 1956, as director of the cultural page. Then he moved to An Nahar newspaper, where he edited for years the non political pages, and transformed the daily cultural column into a daily cultural page.
- In 1964, he founded and published “Al Mulhaq", the weekly ... more »

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The Messenger With Her Hair

The messenger with her hair
long to the springs
This is the story of the other side of creation
I discovered it, my eyes obscured
The path, my beloved,
Leads from her awaiting me
Leads from my return to her
This is the story of the other side of creation
Do not shoot the doors
The breakers bear the message to the wind
The wind to the trees
The trees to notebooks.
You, old men with homes, and you, young boys of the streets
Sit this very night in the presence of the lover.
You, who hurry about, did you really leave only to return? ...

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