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 Cup

I shall not stop,
I shall not stop
Beneath the moon clothed in white,
Drowning in the morrow
With a fast-beating heart.
You remain mine, when I am aware,
You remain mine, when I am unaware.
There, in the wells of spacious churches,
In festivals
And the glimmering of windows,
The fields of folksong,
The desperate hum of din,
The departure of ships and wine,
You remain mine.
The shrivelled and the fresh stop short,
And the earth stretches forth its head
And pursues us from word to word,
From bird
To bird.
I heard from afar,
And from ...

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