Venus Khoury-Ghata

(1937 / Bsharri / Lebanon)

Biography of Venus Khoury-Ghata

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.

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Dead

the mother looked like the linden tree in the square
like the wood of the table on which she wrote our faces
like the log that didn't sweat or complain about the smoke
dead
she began to avoid us
turned her back to the mirror to the moon to the skylight
less dead
she would say that the moon was a loaf of bread baked between two stones

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