Saudi poet and screenwriter Ahmed Al Mulla shares a number of his poems in San Francisco, USA.
“A bicycle: there is no poetry in stopping.” So writes Ahmed Al Mulla, the groundbreaking Saudi poet whose vivid, free-flowing prose has gained him critical acclaim across the Arab World.
Diverging from the strict, metered-style of Arabic poetry, Al Mulla chooses to embrace free verse in his poems. Al Mulla shares his poems in both the original Arabic and English translation alongside poet Mohammad Salama and musical accompaniment by Hafez Modirzadeh.
The cultural evening, organized by Middle East Institute, took place at the Poetry Center, San Francisco State University on 27 September 2017. Al-Mulla, with a translator at his side, read his poems and in conversation with Robert Hass, Distinguished Professor of Poetry and Poetics at UC Berkeley, on poetry, and translation.