Pianeta Poesia is a magazine about international poetry that hails from Verona, Italy. This magazine published the following article about Lebanese poetry written by May Rihani. The article was published in English and in Italian, and the first poet that May mentions is Kahlil Gibran. Here is the article:
Poetry that reaches Shores and Skies
France has its intellectuals, Germany its philosophers, the US and Great Britain their modern music bands, and Lebanon its poets.
Poetry is the Soul of Lebanon.
The poets of Lebanon wrap in their poems centuries of history, oceans of struggle, mountains of glory, fragrances of love, and eternities of hope.
The poets of Lebanon defy the realities of limitations.
They keep painting the skies with new chapters that are filled with possibilities.
From the turn of the 20th Century till today, poetry in Lebanon has been center stage. Its voice is heard.
Lebanese poets use their poems as vehicles for modernity, as the voices of the masses, as the reflection of sufferings, as the search for a clearer identity, as the perfume of love, and as the messages for a better future.
The poets of Lebanon break boundaries. They employ as many languages as it pleases them to get their poems to fly and reach all kinds of shores and skies.
Khalil Gibran, (1883-1931), soars with his “Prophet” to a land where spirituality unites humanity. The echo of his voice still resonates in the different corners of our global village.
Said Akl, (1911-2014), invents a world where Lebanon is triumphant and where the loved one is as beautiful as dawn. He allowed his readers to be proud Lebanese despite all political challenges, and enabled his audience to believe in the nobility of love.
Nadia Tueni, (1935-1983), crafted a new poetic language that whispers about the pain in Lebanon, a beloved country that is visited by war. Through pain and fragility she embraces all of Lebanon.
Onsi Al Hajj, (1937-2014), wrote his poems as prayers on the altar of Love. The incense of his poems filled the air of Beirut in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. University students read Onsi Al Hajj’s poems to deepen their faith in love, the way they read Che Gevara to believe that revolutions could result in a better tomorrow.
Henri Zghaib, (1947-present), builds with his verses a home for the woman he loves, and constructs through his poems a sacred mountain that he calls Lebanon.
Joumana Haddad, (1970-present), unloads her verses on white pages to let Lebanon and the world know that the Lebanese will always fight for freedoms, equality, rights, and dreams. Through her poetry she takes the new generations of Lebanon on a journey that defies the status-quo.
The poets in Lebanon are prophets who through words keep inventing the Lebanon of our dreams and the future of our aspirations.