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  • Welcome to ALT Magazine & Press: Hazawi Prize Announces 2023 Shortlist: (Sana'a, Yemen) - The shortlist for the 2023 Hazawi Prize for Yemeni Literature has been revealed, announcing the ten writers who have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award.
  • Now in its second yearly round, the Hazawi Prize recognizes exceptional contributions to fiction in Yemeni literature. Organized by the Hazawi Cultural Foundation, this annual prize aims to promote Yemeni literature and support creative writers.
  • This year's shortlist features both emerging and renowned Yemeni authors. The ten works advancing to the final round of judging are:
  • - Abdullah Faisal shortlisted for his novel, Spirits and Secrets.
  • - Aisha Saleh shortlisted for her novel, Under the Ashes
  • - Farouk Merish shortlisted for his novel, A Dignified Stranger
  • - Ahmed Ashraf shortlisted for his novel, A Painful Belt
  • - Ghassan Khalid shortlisted for his novel, A Sky that Rains Fear
  • - Hosam Adel shortlisted for his novel, The Lord of the Black Dog
  • - Asmaa Abdulrazak shortlisted for her novel, Shrapnels
  • - Abdullah Abdu Muhammad shortlisted for his novel, The Road to Sana'a
  • - Najah Bahkeim shortlisted for her novel, The Final Decision
  • - Samir AbdulFattah shortlisted for her novel, What We Cannot See
  • The winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in Sana'a later where they will receive $1,500 USD. Second and third prizes of $1,000 USD each will also be awarded. All shortlisted works are celebrated for chronicling Yemen's rich culture and wartime experiences. This prestigious prize continues highlighting the nation's thriving literary community.

A Traveling Cafe – Muhyee Addin Jarmah

A Traveling Cafe

In your land, even the pebbles bloom

In its springs.

And the birds beckon with their lightness.

The dew said: “For photography – The old house wall.”

I see summer lying in silence

In a bed of sand and water on the sea,

The teacher forgets his chalk cloud In the pot.

A mirage of a blackboard.

And the deserts of countries

Wounded by wandering and grass.

The absence of absence.

The story was woven with a silk thread.

And the majesty of a woman in winter.

I see lightning in a stone

Stained by the footsteps of the shadow

And the sand is the rose of women

Who crossed in a hurry.

And they lit men. Heavy.

I picked up shadows.

I stood on a shore.

And a little sunset,

Like a grain of sand on the slope of a table.

Raw fish in the confusion of the nets.

The horizon is closed

And the echo is narrow

And the city has no dawn except the sea.

And bread is the family of the poor.

No passers-by except a few.

From daggers folded in the waists

And the shadow in the sun kills.

Grass for sale.

The ascent of a team On lottery paper

Strengthened by the darkness of his henna.

A country on the palm of its executioner

Bends every day? On the gold of the wall newspapers.

The last letter walks without another.

Darkness feeds bread and light

From a woman’s pistachio In the daylight of the windows.

Behind the veil of her curtains.

In a celebration – the sick air – Which the sea has not yet tamed.

A wound as painful as mountain birds.

And an old shadow sleeping on a tree in the clouds.

And nothing in the wind.

Only the blood of the wind.

An absence that wandered in the “metaphysics” of its shadow:

The breaking of the prosody here is for necessity,

A rose on the clay drinks a shadow.

On cold porcelain. Like sugar water. And a hookah flower.

In the dust, the wind stumbled with the steps.

Air that melts a stream fit for morning on a lip,

And water that dwells on the clay of its trees.

A moon that drinks the night and the wait,

Waving between his notebooks

The thirst of water for water

When it melts in a woman’s sugar

Her summer

Like a plant part.

Translated by/ Hatem Al-Shamea.

A New Home – Nabila Al-Sheikh – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

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