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The Symphony of Resistance

poems by Abdellatif Laâbi
translated from French by Guillemette Johnston and Allan Johnston

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Abdellatif Laâbi is an internationally renowned poet and activist famous for his support of Arab liberation and unity. He has received numerous prestigious accolades, and his work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Turkish, and English. His poetry has been central to post-colonial Moroccan literature and important to the development of Arabic literature generally. In the 1970s Laâbi served an eight-year prison sentence in Morocco for  crimes of opinion” against the Moroccan state after he helped found Souffles (Breaths), a central journal in the growing movement of post-colonial Arab literature during the 1960s.  Since the 1980s Laâbi has lived in France in forced exile. Laâbi’s poems in The Symphony of Resistance address themes of human rights, the history of oppression in colonized countries, globalization, freedom, love, the Arab world after liberation, and the role of the poet. Given events pertaining to and resulting from the “Arab Spring,” this collection should appeal to all readers interested in contemporary poetry, both in academia (students and scholars of North African literature, Middle East Studies, Francophone Studies, etc.) and beyond. The timely questions may have special resonance in the current American context, especially as concerns diversity and social justice.

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ISBN: 978-1-956056-53-2 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2022943230

164 pages

Author Biography

Allan Johnston earned his M.A. in Creative Writing and his Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. His poems have appeared in over sixty journals, including Poetry, Poetry East, Rattle, and Rhino. He has published two full-length poetry collections (In a Window, Shanti Arts, 2018; and Tasks of Survival, 1996) and three chapbooks (Northport, 2010; Departures, 2013; Contingencies, 2015). He has received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship, Pushcart Prize nominations (2009 and 2016), and First Prize in Poetry in the Outrider Press Literary Anthology competition (2010). He teaches writing and literature at Columbia College and DePaul University in Chicago, and reads or has read as a contributing poetry editor for Word River, r.kv.r.y, and the Illinois Emerging Poets competition. He is also co-editor of JPSE: Journal for the Philosophical Study of Education. His scholarly articles have appeared in Twentieth Century Literature, College Literature, and several other journals.


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