Djibouti: Desire| Abdourahman A. Waberi

I am the rustling of the world

the swaying between here and elsewhere

the dumb foliage of the cactus

the coarse wood that covers the gecko

the bed for the world-book

whose pages are as many waves of the quest

endlessly begun again

 

Abdourahman A. Waberi is an award winning  poet, novelist, essayist, academic and short-story writer, born in Djibouti in 1965. His first volume of stories, Le Pays sans ombre received the Grand prix de la Nouvelle francophone and the Prix Albert Bernard. His books translated into English are Land Without Shadows (2005), In The United States of Africa (2009) and Passage of Tears (2011). He lives with his family in Caen, Normandy, where he works as an English teacher.

Translated by Patrick Williamson.

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