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Robyn Creswell

Robyn Creswell teaches comparative literature at Yale University and is author of City of Beginnings: Poetic Modernism in Beirut (Princeton, 2019). He is the translator of Abdelfattah Kilito’s The Tongue of Adam (New Directions, 2016) and Sonallah Ibrahim’s That Smell and Notes from Prison (New Directions, 2013). 



September 8, 2020 | Poetry

I used to believe there was so much evil in the world,
and though I’m the gentlest of all my friends, I never saw a rose in a vase