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2013 Prince Claus Laureate Ahmed Fouad Negm has passed away
3 Dec 2013
Ahmed Fouad Negm

RIP Egyptian poet and this year's Prince Claus Prize-winner Ahmed Fouad Negm suddenly died last night at 84 shortly after he returned from a reading in Jordan. The poetry lives on.
 
(Your Eyes) عنيكي

English translation

Your eyes…and your eyes are a travelling voyage
In the desert….and in the oasis
And the longing….sleepless is this world
Neither to slumber…nor to rest
The darkened eyelashes no longer
Call out for the promised

And me, your amorous flirtation sent me to heaven
I drank, there, from the rivers of honey
loved for ages
And me, I lay sleepless many a night, for you
And the people of this world call out to the night

I returned to that travelling voyage
In the desert
And in the oasis

And I call for the night
And for every lover there is the night
O destined heaven
Who came by and asked for us?
Who from our successors cared?
For the roses
From that moment, we were together
Passion is hardship
I returned to that travelling voyage
In the desert
And in the oasis
In your eyes
 
Bart Luirink, ZAM Magazine
 
The 2013 Prince Claus Principal Award was to be awarded to Ahmed Fouad Negm at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam on Wednesday December 11. He was also to take part in a Culture in Action programme at De Balie on Thursday December 12. Ahmed Fouad Negm and his work will be honoured at these events. Visit the websites of the Prince Claus Fund and De Balie for updates.


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Sites for this article:
Prince Claus Fund - 2013 awards
http://www.princeclausfund.org/en/programmes/awards

De Balie
http://www.debalie.nl/agenda/programma/culture-in-action-with-ahmed-fouad-negm/e_9397515/p_11086730

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