She is the Capital of the Soul: The Book of San'ā' by 'Abd Al-'Azīz Al-Maqālih

in Journal of Arabic Literature
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Abstract

The article discusses the idiosyncratic poetics of the Yemen's foremost modernist poet, ?Abd al-?Azız al-Maqālih, as reflected in his unique volume Kitāb San?ā? ("The Book of San?ā'", 2000). Though many critics regard the work merely as a tribute to his home city, I argue that this unique collection of poems primarily expresses al-Maqāslih's views regarding the essence of poetic language. Using San?ā''s extraordinary cityscape and establishing a sense of magical realism, al-Maqālih juxtaposes two cities—the "real" San?ā? and the "poetic" San?ā?. By fusing the two, the poet dexterously conveys his modernist notions about the demiurgic power of language and the necessity of dream-vision in constructing new realities within artistic creation.

She is the Capital of the Soul: The Book of San'ā' by 'Abd Al-'Azīz Al-Maqālih

in Journal of Arabic Literature

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