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Says Syrian poet Adonis:

“Right now we feel Arab culture is paralyzed. We suffer from women’s sense of their lack of freedom, of being deprived of their individualism. It’s impossible for a culture to progress with men alone, without women being involved.”

“The person who is oppressed is the woman, but the real slave is the man, caught up in defending his enslavement. Women should help him become free.”

On poetry: “Poetry cannot change society,” Adonis said. “Poetry can only change the notion of relationships between things. Culture cannot change without a change in institutions.”

New York Times

October 17, 2010

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