Venus Khoury-Ghata

(1937 / Bsharri / Lebanon)

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énus Khoury-Ghata (born 1937, in Bsharri) is a French-Lebanese writer. In 1959, she was Miss Beirut. She married French researcher Jean Ghata. She collaborated on Europe magazine, directed by Louis Aragon, translating it into Arabic with other poets.She has lived in Paris since 1972 and has published several novels and collections of poems. more »

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In those days I know now words declaimed the wind
besides pebbles, there were moons, but no lamps
the stars would emerge later from a brawl between two flintstones

I'll tell you everything there were five pebbles
one for each continent
vast enough to contain a child of a different color

So there were five children but no houses
windows but no walls
wind but no streets
the first man wore a stone around his neck

He made an arrangement with the first tree
an oak if I remember correctly
the one who got there first could drink up the ...

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