By Mahmoud Darwish
“There are maps of Palestine that the politicians won't ever have the ability to forfeit: the single saved within the stories of Palestinian refugees, and that that is drawn by way of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.”—Anton Shammas
This notable selection of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is either lyrical and philosophical, wondering and clever, choked with irony and protest and play. “Every appealing poem is an act of resistance.” As continuously, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss stay on love and humanity; delusion and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is apparent as day.” in the course of the booklet, Darwish returns often to his ongoing and sometimes lighthearted dialog with death.
Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) used to be offered the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2001. He was once considered as the voice of the Palestinian humans and one of many maximum poets of our time.
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This is what the text demands: someone has to be absent to lighten the burden of the place. He said: c;l'm afraid' He was afraid. ' He was afraid to stay in the house and went out into the street. He saw a mangled poplar tree and was afraid to look at it for some unknown reason. A military vehicle drove by at speed and he was afraid to walk along the street. He was afraid to go back into the house but had no choice. He was afraid he had left the key inside, and when he found it in his pocket he was reassured.
I reached out my hand to pick it up and could neither feel nor see it. I stared up at the clouds and saw tufts of cotton wool driven northwards by the wind, away from the water tanks crouched on the roofs of the buildings. Where is the apple that fell on me? I wondered. Maybe my imagination, which is independent from me, picked it up and ran off with it. ' There on the table I found a sheet of paper on which was written, in green ink, one line: �apple fell on me from the clouds; and I knew my imagination was a faithful hunting dog.
A snake that does not move in a straight line, to avoid resembling us as we look straight on. It twists and turns, a nightmare of cement segments reinforced with pliant metal, making it easy for it to move into the fragmented bits of land and beds of mint that are left to us. ' When we look in our mirrors all we see is the snake making for the backs of our necks, but with a bit of effort we can see what is above it: a sky yawning with boredom at the architects adorning it with guns and flags. And at night we see it twinkling with stars, which gaze at us with affection.