About the duet:
My brain’s been insisting on inventing poems in two languages recently, and I’ve decided to listen to it. I call this form “The Duet”. The English lines are a poem in English, and the same goes for the Arabic lines. Both languages should also form a poem when read together. When the Arabic and English follow each other within the same stanza, this means the lines are some sort of translation of one another. When the two languages are in separate stanzas, this indicates different lines.
These poems first appeared in The Lifted Brow #38. Grab your copy here.
Zeina Hashem Beck is a Lebanese poet. Her latest collection is Louder Than Hearts, winner of the 2016 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize.