She is the Capital of the Soul: The Book of San'Ǎ' by 'Abd Al-'Azīz Al-Maqalih

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The article discusses the idiosyncratic poetics of the Yemen's foremost modernist poet, 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Maqalih, as reflected in his unique volume Kitaab San?a? ("The Book of Sana'", 2000). Though many critics regard the work merely as a tribute to his home city, I argue that this unique collection of poems primarily expresses al-Maqaslih's views regarding the essence of poetic language. Using Sana''s extraordinary cityscape and establishing a sense of magical realism, al-Maqalih juxtaposes two cities-the "real" Sana and the "poetic" Sana. By fusing the two, the poet dexterously conveys his modernist notions about the demiurgic power of language and the necessity of dream-vision in constructing new realities within artistic creation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Arabic Literature
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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