Poems by and Interview with Egyptian writer Amirah Al Wassif, To Be a Brilliant Woman In the Third World


Jamie Dedes' THE POET BY DAY Webzine

“…you have to stitch and cherish and nourish and never have the chance to flourish!” Amirah Al Wassif

Amira’s exquisite poetry and prose have the lilt of Arabic and although I know many American editors would be tempted to edit into more standard straightforward English, I am loath to do so. This is perhaps because from childhood my ear is used to listening to English lyrically spoken by family and friends for whom Arabic was a first language. It is my pleasure to bring this young intuitive talent and her unique perspective to you here today. Enjoy! / J.D.

To Be A Brilliant Woman in the third world!

to be a brilliant woman in the third world
you have not to be!
so, if you want the basic tips
kindly listen to me
put your mind in a box
be ready to say every moment “agree”
announce your eternity…

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