“Everything is poetry,” Adonis said. “The difference between a poem and a painting is simply the material that has been used.” Often called the Arab world’s greatest living poet, but also well-known for his essays and a seminal book of literary criticism, Adonis spoke to The Daily Star on the eve of the opening of “A,” an exhibition of his visual art. “The relationship between a piece of paper and a stain of ink,” Adonis continued, “there’s composition, there’s musicality, vertical dimensions. It just depends who the artist is.”

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