No Longer Enough Life for Their Cruelty

No Longer Enough Life for Their Cruelty

Publishing House: Tashkeel

Publication Year: 2018

Genre: Poetry

Number of Pages: 94

“There’s No Longer Enough Life for Their Cruelty” is a contemporary Saudi poetry collection by Abdullah Al-Sufyani. This anthology, lightweight and unassuming in its physical form, offers a nuanced and profound exploration of themes within its pages. The book predominantly features short poems or ‘Maqtharats’, avoiding lengthy compositions, possibly aligning with the author’s preference.

Al-Sufyani skillfully navigates both traditional and Taf’ila poetry forms, though occasionally falling into repetitiveness in imagery and themes. His writing style is intriguingly unconventional, with some lines consisting of just a single word. This approach raises questions: is it an innovation or something else? This style reflects a trend among modern poets, but its purpose remains a subject of debate.

“Optimizing Book Titles and Poem Placement for Reader Engagement”

The title, drawn from the first poem, goes beyond mere labeling, hinting at the depth and emotionality of the content. However, its length might be counterproductive in a marketing sense. A shorter title like “Ma Aada Fi Al-Omr” (No Longer in Life) could have sparked greater reader curiosity about what’s lacking in life, leading them to discover the complete line within the book. This strategy would have potentially made a more impactful and profound connection with readers.

Placing the titular poem at the start might be seen as a missed opportunity to build anticipation and engagement. In the realm of journalism, as David Mikics suggests, there’s a practice of hiding the ‘nut graf’ or the core message in an article to maintain reader interest. Similarly, positioning the poem with the book’s title towards the middle or later part might have sustained the reader’s curiosity and engagement more effectively.

The poems shimmer with moments of brilliance, reflecting a mirage-like effect on the paper. Lines like “Tired of asking in their tracks, my language stumbles, and the news becomes desolate” and “No longer in life is there enough for their harshness, my heart tossed between friends and foes” stand out, encapsulating the essence of Al-Sufyani’s poetic prowess. The latter line, which also serves as the book’s title, could have been an intriguing hidden gem, revealed later in the collection, enhancing the reader’s experience and engagement with the work.

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