“Nizar Sartawi is a Palestinian poet and translator committed to building bridges between nations of the globe through poetry and poetry translation. He believes that poetry, like other arts, has the power of bringing people together.
Mr. Sartawi is a member of numerous local, Arab, and international literary and cultural organizations. He has participated in a number of Arab and international poetry festivals and readings.
Mr. Sartawi has published more than 25 books. His poetry and translations in both Arabic and English have been anthologized and published in literary journals, magazines, newspapers, and literary websites in different parts of the world. Nizar Sartawi was awarded the first prize in translation by Al-Nour Literary Organization in 1913, Naji Naaman Award for Creativity in 2018, and Jerusalem Intellectuals Forum Honorary Award in 2019.”
The daring men traversed the ocean
paddling and singing their homesick ballads
to lull to sleep
the weighty waves
and winds and whales.
But when the jealous gods of the sea
set eyes upon the venturesome seafarers
they hurled their mighty thunderbolts
to strike the light narrow canoes
and sent them down the bottomless waters.
the white bubbles
the fathomless Pacific depths
have eased their forlorn hymns
with a merry refrain:
to keep the travel, dance, and song
Written by: Nizar Sartawi, Poet, Jordan