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Gilgamesh’s Snake and Other Poems
Bilingual Edition

Ghareeb Iskander
Translated from the Arabic by John Glenday and Ghareeb Iskander

Paper $14.95    |    978-0-8156-1071-7    |    2016

ebook 978-0-8156-5374-5

Winner of the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies Translation of Arabic Literature Award 2015

"The Epic of Gilgamesh forms the core field of reference in Iskander’s own epic of exile and loss. There, among the great eternal symbols of lamentation and vain entreaty which are parts of the troubled stream of the poem, we find perfectly contemporary pieces of debris such as ‘the old photograph album’ and ‘the sad bicycle’....The book is a majestic achievement for both poet and translator."—George Szirtes, author of Reel, winner of the 2004 T. S. Eliot Prize

From "Gilgamesh’s Snake" . . .

Gilgamesh.
He’s alone now.
Snow covers him.
He’s all at sea.
Swaddled in lushness,
he looks to the grass of life for help
but there’s no one there
to hear him.
Uruk is an empty ruin,
all its people fled.
Such devastation; the streets
shimmer in a caul of silence.
He wanders alone—
not a single tree shades his scorched soul,
no wine to quench his longing.
All alone, he cries,
and because victory for him is a defeat that never ends
till the ends of his life, he must
ride the magic palm frond.

  Gilgameshs Snake and Other Poems

  Ghareeb Iskander is an Iraqi poet living in London. He has published numerous collections of poems, including A Chariot of Illusion. His critical work includes Semiotic Trends in the Critique of Arab Poetry. John Glenday is an award-winning Scottish poet and translator. He is the author of several poetry collections, including Grain and Undark.

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