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Iman Mersal

Iman Mersal is an Egyptian poet and Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Alberta. She is the author of five books of poetry and an essay collection, How to Mend: Motherhood and Its Ghosts. Her collection, The Threshold (trans. Robyn Creswell), was published in 2022.


Five Poems

HEAT Series 3 Number 3

She said to him, When a woman informs you that she’s a little drunk / this is actually a warning that she’s liable to collapse at any moment. / And when she tells you of a lost happiness / she means that you’re responsible for giving it back to her / on a silver platter, like those knights in the stories of Caliphs / who return home with the heads of enemies on their spears.

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