In solidarity with Morocco bereaved by a terrible earthquake on September 8, 2023
To read or listen to two poems by two seismographs from the 20th century in Morocco:
- “Tragédie toute !” (Tragedy all!) by Abdellatif Laâbi (1942- ), a poem written by Abdellatif Laâbi (1942- ) in the aftermath of the September 8th earthquake. The excerpt published here with the author’s kind permission was read by the poet himself on September 16th, on Emmanuel Kherad’s Radio France Inter program, “La Bibliothèque francophone”;
- “Lettre d’amour aux anges qui n’écoutent pas” (Love letter to the angels who do not listen) by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine (1941-1995) originally published in the Quebec journal Dérives (1975-1987). This 1982 text seems so actual to us, especially since it is by the author of Agadir (1967), the novel which brought forever into literary memory the earthquake of February 29, 1960, which left more than 10,000 dead and some 25,000 injured in Agadir in southern Morocco.
To see: images that are worth a thousand words