Abd el-Hadi Fights a Superpower by Taha Muhammad Ali

Filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce for the DVD anthology from Bloodaxe Books, In Person: 30 Poets, edited by Neil Astley. I was especially impressed by the way Ali’s translator, Peter Cole (So What: New and Selected Poems 1971-2005), translates something of his reading style into English in the second half of the video.

For a few more online poems by Taha Muhammad Ali in English, see his page at Poetry International Web.


  1. Reply
    twitches 27 July, 2011

    I liked the way Cole read it too – similar to how Taha Muhammad Ali reads it, but slightly more musical. At least to my monolingual ear. :)

  2. Reply
    Gary Margolis 15 April, 2013

    The rising and falling voice of the wind….

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