I Don't Know What Language I Dream In by Taher Adel
Taher Adel is a British-Bahraini poet and spoken word artist. Taher draws from his own life, heritage, religion and cultureto map a remarkable journey.
The poems in this collection operate in the lost spaces
between language and identity where
the poet wrestles with himself in order to understand who he really is
and where he stands in the confusing world around him.
‘Taher’s poems inhabit a space of loss and longing. This unique collection
beautifully captures that feeling of inadequacy when caught between two
tongues – in this case English and Arabic and intimately examines the pain
and pride of the diasporic experience. A gem!’
Hanan Issa (National Poet of Wales)
‘In Taher Adel’s stunning debut pamphlet, we fi nd a poet alert to the effects
of migration and language loss, a voice of lyrical clarity, tenderness and
hopefulness, spiritually attuned to the language of longing/the desire for the
soul/to drop its chaos.’
Jennifer Lee Tsai