Reviews:

1

http://jacket2.org/commentary/maged-zaher-poetry-and-revolution

2

https://www.egyptindependent.com/poetry-motion-us-based-poet-walks-smells-and-tastes-cairo-his-latest-collection/

3

https://overland.org.au/2012/09/poetry-the-revolution-happened-and-you-didnt-call-me/

4

https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/menasource/maged-zaher-building-poetry-between-egypt-and-the-us-faces-of-egypt/

5

https://blog.pshares.org/dear-dr-poetry-5/

6

http://thealteredscale.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-revolution-happened-and-you-didnt.html

7

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/august-2012-contemporary-_b_1838403


 

Selections:

 

[Cairo Poems]

 

1

In a city under deconstruction, where ghosts come and go,

throwing stones at Michelangelo. There is longing in the streets,

because why not? – Love is mostly a misunderstood exercise:

hanging out with quality nihilists, everyone is catching-up with

everyone: bad constitutions drag you down.


 

5

Elevators are for kissing

Unless Cairo is in the background

We received orders to shoot

Instead we left a good tip and disappeared


 

16

Listening to the noise of the coffee shop

The lovers are carrying the burden of each other’s desire

While playing hide-and-seek with the guards of the revolution


 

29

The state promises to stay at the same distance from all poetic

schools –


 

[Some Seattle Poems And A Quote]

 

4

In between historical events

The body is dragged

So little time to conquer

So little time to make peace with the failing concepts


 

[Second Cairo Trip, Etc..]

 

2

The revolution happened and you didn’t call me

I am without the intense hair cut

Someone is netting a home from conversations

What would it look like without this second language


 

14

This poem is intentionally concerned with sensuality

It was written while walking a city

With soft desire toward everything

And while contemplating kind pick-up lines to umbrellas,

napkins, women in coffee shop lines, and dim-lit courtyards