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Poem of the Week: September 4, 2017

Hello readers! Every week, the BOA staff shares one of our favorite poems from our over 300 collections of poetry. This week's poem is a selection from Lighthouse for the Drowning by Jawdat Fakhreddine.

A selection from "September"

The garden of September comes to me
and dozes on my sight,
trembling with fatigue
in the small sky,
that which rapturously glitters
on the green leaves,
a sky that drags its robe
over the trees.
September comes to me.
I sit up and face it
with dreamful things
a book, a pack of cigarettes,
a cup of tea, and a bit of evening
surprised and bewildered by the cold.
I face it free and transperent.
I rise to it.
The garden of September,
woven of imaginings,
a temptation like all beginnings.

BOA is honored that Jawdat will travel from Beirut to read and discuss his work along with his co-translator, Huda Fakhreddine, at this year's Dine & Rhyme fundraiser gala on October 20. We hope you can join us!

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