Read Me a Poem

“A Hand Not Ready for Birds” by Muhammed Ali Chamseddine

Poems read aloud, beautifully

By Amanda Holmes | April 11, 2023
Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro/Flickr
Gonzalo Díaz Fornaro/Flickr

Amanda Holmes reads Muhammed Ali Chamseddine’s poem “A Hand Not Ready for Birds,” translated from the Arabic by Mansour Ajami. Have a suggestion for a poem by a (dead) writer? Email us: If we select your entry, you’ll win a copy of a poetry collection edited by David Lehman.

This episode was produced by Stephanie Bastek and features the song “Canvasback” by Chad Crouch.

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