Poetry is not only made from words on the page but also from the interplay of the sounds heard. It is not only the poets who create poetry but also the readers and listeners who imagine new interpretations and re-enact private and communal expectations. There is s a transactional relationship between the writer and the page; between the writer and the reader; between the performer and the audience; between a literature and the culture from which it springs, which forms it; between poetry itself and the identities and societies it both reflects and shapes.
Our modern age brims with fast-living, throw-away hype infested with congeries of blatant celebrities and charlatans who are shoved on us by the media’s insidious contagion, and with headline catastrophes and calamities facing all of us both in the East and the West, as we try to survive under a mountain of foolish distractions and anxieties. The play of poetry, Raficq Abdulla suggests, has become even more important to us in our struggle to live with integrity and negotiate a true and private space for ourselves within the changing identities which the modern world imposes upon us.