The first poem that I read from Nizar Qabbani was ‘A Letter from a Stupid Woman.’ At first, I thought this was a poet who had been bitter towards a lover. On the contrary, it is a beautiful and thought-provoking poem from a poet who loved women. This poem’s simple honesty is powerful and elegant and continues to have a lasting impact on me.
Late last year I made the attempt to revitalize my interest in poetry. When was the last time you asked somebody if they had a favourite poet or poem? I was jaded but I started that way. I expected people to tell me that they did not read poetry. In this way, I met Qabbani’s poetry. I was lucky to have clicked on this poem first.