Algérie, capitale Alger, by Anna Gréki
Pinsapo and Lost & Found, the CUNY Poetics Document Initiative Forthcoming, 2023
Anna Gréki (1931-1966) was an Algerian poet and activist. She wrote most of the poems included in Algérie, capitale Alger as a political prisoner in Serkadji (Barberousse) prison, where she was incarcerated in 1957-58 for her participation in the struggle for Algerian independence. Published in 1963, these vivid poems are odes to the landscape of her childhood in the Aurès Mountains, fierce songs of freedom, and cries of anger against war and colonial violence.