Mohammed Bennis is a Moroccan poet and one of the most important poets of the Modern Arabic Poetry. He was born in Fez, Morocco, in 1948. He contributes energetically to the modern Arabic poetry and he enjoys since the 1970s, a particular status in the Arab culture. Muhsin J. al-Musawi writes about him: “The Moroccan poet Muhammad Bennis’ articulations tend to validate his poetics in the first place, to encapsulate the overlapping and contestation of genres in a dialectic that takes into account power politics whose tropes are special. As a discursive threshold between Arab East and the Moroccan West, tradition and modernity, and also a site of contestation and configuration, Muhammad Bennis... more »
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Mohammed Bennis Poems
Love Is Supreme Ruler
In love, you yield and you're miserable. In love, you die many times and you're pleased.
Love is Eternity's River
Nothing but streams, Continuous
A white Bird A breath condenses
The Road to Jerusalem
No road leads me to Jerusalem No road save words of dust.
Letter to Ishtar
Time urges me to enter your house at the dawn
Tent erected and the night around Her
This ink transports me to the heights of my breath transports me there in triumph
Love Is Miracle
With your eyes, man, sweep her eyes away And enjoy them in isolation
I Am Not I
I'm the Andalusian living between the pleasures of lovers' renion And the rattles of separation.
Now if I had what I do not have
That palm tree is a psalmody
This face works to send its rites to sleep it smoothes out the laughter
This death will remain unknown to the nomad cloud
Majestic disquiet then jets of shadow
Comments about Mohammed Bennis
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)
(12 July 1904 – 23 September 1973)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967)
(31 May 1819 - 26 March 1892)
(31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821)
Love Is Supreme Ruler
In love, you yield and you're miserable.
In love, you die many times and you're pleased.
In love, you obey.
In love, the forbidden is abolished
Likewise, the despicable
The smutty, the interdicted.
There are no alliances in love,
Love is a lethal command.
So give way to the time of its conquest
And take a path
Prepared by your loss.
On the basis of experience, I tell you that in
my youth I loved a blond slave girl of mine,
and since then I have never deemed any
black-haired woman beautiful, and my father
was much the same.