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  • September 22, 2016
    What this poet calls slippery, what I call smart. Like it matters, like I’m not / pulling rent money out of a dog’s ass. // I was wrong. I want everything. I want to be fucked like the wife who waited / for her soldier’s return, fucked: the island, the sand, the nymph, / the lust that strands him.

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  • September 14, 2016
    PEN International continues to call for the release of Egyptian writer Ahmed Naji, who was sentenced in February 2016 to two years in prison for ‘violating public modesty’ in relation to the publication of excerpts from his 2014 novel, Istikhdam al-Hayat (The Use of Life), in Akhbar al-Adab magazine, also in 2014.
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