Originally from Western Sahara, the writer and poet Limam Boicha invites us to take a seat in the tent. Through thirty-one rites that embody, according to him, the culture and history of the desert peoples (“The ceremony of the name”, “The wick”, “The welcome”, “The wedding”, “Amulets”, “Tribute to the dromedaries” …) the reader discovers the incredible richness of the nomadic life.
In a subtle game of mirrors alternating texts in verse and prose, the author inaugurates here the curious concept of “anthropoetry”. Limam is one of the eight poets already published poets in the bilingual anthology of sahrawi poetry, Generación de la Amistad (2016). Les rites de la tente are in the continuity of this editorial gesture to make these unjustly unknown voices heard in our country.
Le matin éclaire
sur le feuillet immaculé de sa page
la première de mes prières.
suivant les sauvages sentiers
de soleil et les houles de vent
je suis en marche
vers l’incontournable rituel.
Work prefaced by Sebastien Boulay, anthropologist and lecturer, translated from Spanish (Western Sahara) by Mick Gewinner
Release : March 1st 2018