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Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
We have no Arab intellectuals of international stature because we live in a state of generalized mediocrity. We are suspended in the pit without touching the bottom.
I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that’s not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.
There is a gulf between the Arab peoples and Arab intellectuals.
The power of the word in Morocco belonged to men and to the authorities. No one asked the point of view of poor people or women.
I am a Moroccan writer of French expression.
I’d thought sexuality was instinctive or natural, but it’s profoundly linked to inner security and cultural context.
To lead a country, you must periodically hold a national consultation in which people representing different programmes can make a bid for power.
My characters are driven by a passionate desire for justice. They are rebellious and incorruptible.
A modern civilization is only possible when it is accepted that singular beings exist and express themselves freely.
We do not have many intellectuals who can speak out for us internationally. We have no writers who are recognized, respected and loved outside the Arab world.
At 21, I discovered repression and injustice. The army would shoot students with real bullets.
I am a guest of the French language. My poems in French are born of my interaction with the French language, which is not the same as that of a French poet.
I don’t feel guilty about expressing myself in French; nor do I feel that I am continuing the work of the colonizers.
My sensibility steers me toward writers who are out on their own.