Al Motannabbi is one of the few poets in Arabic Literature where people recall poetry in its absolute meaning when they hear his name. Even though Arabic literature is rich with thousands of highly important poets who affected the human spirits with their power of beauty in their poetic expression throughout history. So Al Motannabbi is synonymous with poetry and as he said a long time ago (during the Abbasid times, 1,200 years or so), that he releases his breath of poetry in a casual unintentional way and people engage in the fiercest of debates and arguments about them for the rest of their lives. Within the artwork, Ali Omar Ermes has gathered a few of these for the viewer’s benefit.
Reference: the Daywan and other sources. This artwork was produced in 2003, it is acrylic on paper, mounted on canvas, its size is approximately 250cm x 150cm, the artwork is in the collection of the Artist.