It may well be Tamim al-Barghouti, a young Palestinian poet who captured the attention of the Arab World in a poetry program, the Prince of Poets, a year ago. His poem, "In Jerusalem," launched him to fame in a region where poetry is still as much a part of daily life as drinking tea and eating bread.
I'll leave you with a reading of "In Jerusalem," and you can decide for yourself. (Sorry, but the only translation I could find was in German, I think. I'll post up any English translations if I find them.)
- Tamim al-Barghouti, the official site
- "Giving new life to ancient art form, Palestinian poet gets rock star treatment" (International Herald Tribune)
- "In Jerusalem" text (Arabic)