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John Mikhail Asfour
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Born in Lebanon, John Mikhail Asfour was the author of five volumes of poetry in English, including Blindfold, which spoke of his experience being blinded by a grenade in his native Lebanon at the age of 13. He was the editor and translator of the landmark anthology, When the Words Burn: An Anthology of Modern Arabic Poetry, as well as co-author with Alison Burch of selected poems by Muhammad al-Maghut entitled Joy is Not My Profession. Asfour died on November 2, 2014 while his latest translation, Mirrors of Absence, was being edited.

Books by John Mikhail Asfour

Mirrors of Absence The Metamorphoses of Ishtar