Poetry is the journey of the sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance - Carl Sandburg..........Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject - John Keats .........Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge - William Wordsworth ..........Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand - Plato .........No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher. For poetry is the blossom and the fragrance of all human knowledge, human thoughts, human passions, emotions, language - Samuel Taylor Coleridge .........One demands two things of a poem. Firstly, it must be a well-made verbal object that does honor to the language in which it is written. Secondly, it must say something significant about a reality common to us all, but perceived from a unique perspective. What the poet says has never been said before, but, once he has said it, his readers recognize its validity for themselves - W. H. Auden ...........Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash - Leonard Cohen .........There is a pleasure in poetic pains which only poets know - William Cowper .........Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood -T. S. Eliot ..........Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason - Novalis...........He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life - George Sand .........A poem is never finished, only abandoned - Paul Valery ........A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland - Kahlil Gibran.............Poetry should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance - John Keats..........To be a poet is a condition, not a profession - Robert Frost........A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself - E. M. Forster.........Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo - Don Marquis...........Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things - T. S. Eliot ..........You can tear a poem apart to see what makes it tick. You're back with the mystery of having been moved by words. The best craftsmanship always leaves holes and gaps so that something that is not in the poem can creep, crawl, flash or thunder in - Dylan Thomas .........Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words - Paul Engle......... There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away! Lord Byron

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Hatif Janabi: A Poem Without Rhythm Is Not Poetry

 

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Ever since Nadwah was launched in October 2018, the objective has been to offer a platform for quality poetry. To a
certain degree, we can discuss what constitutes ‘quality’ poetry, but perhaps we can agree that the most essential and
integral components of quality poetry are rhythm and its twin, metre. Perhaps due to misunderstanding or misinformation, there is a belief that ‘free verse’ can be free of rhythm or metre, and we find many poems that are cut in lines and look like poetry but sound no rhythmic quality. Understanding rhythm in a given language is the fundament of writing poetry, whether a poet decides to use a specific traditional metre or not. Adding to the confusion is the belief that anything expressed in lines is poetry, even if the lines add up to a prose text. Yet, even the hallmark of good prose is rhythm.
     Poetry is not simply a text cut in short lines. Rather, it is a delicate weaving of imagery that is expressed in and through carefully crafted metre that creates a rhythm that further reflects upon the content. Exactly because we appreciate and value rhythm and understand the vital role it plays in creating quality poetry, the main objective in launching this magazine is to offer samples of good rhythmic poetry from around the world, and to showcase how rhythm can be translated from one language to another—even if the formal aspects of a translated poem do not remain the same as in the original. In this pursuit of quality poetry, we have initiated contact with world-class poets who have gained recognition exactly for the rhythmic quality of their poetry. It is my hope that this is an opportunity for all of us to be further inspired by the masters, as well as by each other.

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Sydney Lea to The Fifth Issue of Nadwah: I Tend to Be a Formal Poet

 

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In this fifth issue of Nadwah, we divide the featured poets into classical, modern and contemporary poets. For the first time, Nadwah introduces a new corner called Guest of Honour, in which we interview a prominent poet and feature a few of his poems in its original language and in translation.

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Whisper for Rain!

 

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This new issue of Nadwah features sixteen established and published poets  that represent a wide varieties of cultures. We are happy to have in this new issue Native American, African, Pakistani,  Mongolian, Greek and Italian poems translated in Nadwah for the first time.

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You Are My Garb

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The current issue of Nadwah features poets from Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Russia, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Macedonia, India, Slovenia, Australia, Canada, the UK, Germany and the USA. This issue, not only features contemporary poets, but some modern poets too such as Nagi, Rasafi and Qabbani.

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Nadwah Poets - Special Issue

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The idea of launching this magazine has been on my mind for many years and I have always procrastinated carrying it out for one reason or another. Maybe one of the reasons is knowing how immense this project might be and how much effort and time it will take. In the end, I knew I had to start somewhere.

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Ending 2018: More World Poetry

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This second issue of Nadwah features a number of new poets not featured in the first issue. While Nadwah focuses predominantly on poetry written and translated into English and Arabic, this issue gives voice to poets from different parts of the world who write in languages other than English and Arabic, such as  Chinese, German and Russian.

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