If Only She Reads

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Publishing House: Dar Al-Farabi

Publication Year: 2010

Genre: Poems

Number of Pages: 176

From the title “If Only She Reads,” Khaled Al-Batli acknowledges that he has not penned all this poetry, praise, and emotions flowing from within him except for that reader whom no one knows who she is ?

At first moment, the reader may assume she is his beloved, but with every poem or verse, they will realize that everything he has written was solely to champion women in general.

He unifies the collective into one, transforming grand ideas into delicate sentiments, addressing everyone yet singling out the female, merely wishing for her to read his words… “If Only She Reads.”

In the poet’s view:

“There is nothing more beautiful than to adore a woman, and there is nothing more exquisite than for your love for her to be your life. Whoever seeks elevation in their life should follow the path of a woman and watch over her balconies… and supplicate.”

All these grand ideas crystallize and become clear within just 176 pages, through delicate sentiments revealing the soul of a poet deeply affected by the human conditions that have diminished the status of women.

Therefore, in his collection, Al-Batli emphasizes the necessity and the role women play in human society. Perhaps through his actions, he critiques many ideas that have been haunting us not only since the inception of stories that diminish women’s stature but also some philosophical notions that have done the same.

Al-Batli rejects the masculine discourse that has been formed over centuries and champions the other discourse that perhaps few lean towards. He advocates for the ideas of female philosophers such as “Theano,” “Aspasia,” “Hypatia,” leading up to “Simone de Beauvoir.”

He elucidates the ways through which the fruition of love can be realized, and its beloved ones can reap its fruits. Al-Batli does not view love merely as a word composed of letters, but rather sees it as a tool for dispelling the evils that threaten the human condition.

He also champions Platonic love, as acknowledged by Plato, asserting that levels of wisdom do not commence until the recognition of true beauty, starting from physical attraction to individuals’ bodies, then progressing to the attraction to souls, culminating in union with truth ultimately.

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