The Poet’s Song – Poetry by Adonis with Photography by Miro Simko


Black and White photo by Miro Simko
Black and White photo by Miro Simko

Miro Simko

Miro Simko is a photographer from Presov, Slevokia.  She is works mainly in black and white and does landscape and fine art photography.  From her website she explains,

Black and white photography is all about textures, lines, shapes, shades of gray and the contrast between light and darkness.  Color images often hide these aspects under the ‘layer’ of color.”


Ali Ahmad Said Esber is a Syrian poet who writes under the name Adonis.  He currently resides in Paris.  He attended school in Lybia and has edited several literary journals.  He has also taught at Sorbonne, Damascus University, and the Lebanese University.  In addition he has won “the first ever International Nâzim Hikmet Poetry Award, the Norwegian Academy for Literature and Freedom of Expression’s Bjørnson Prize, the Highest Award of the International Poem Biennial in Brussels, and the Syria-Lebanon Best Poet Award.” (  For more of his poetry see my other post.


By Adonis b. 1930

Translated By Khaled Mattawa

from “Elegy for the First Century

Bells on our eyelashes
and the death throes of words,
and I among fields of speech,
a knight on a horse made of dirt.
My lungs are my poetry, my eyes a book,
and I, under the skin of words,
on the beaming banks of foam,
a poet who sang  and died
leaving this singed elegy
before the faces of poets,
for birds at the edge of sky.

Poetry Source


To see more photography by Miro Simko go here, and here, and her website.



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