Monthly Archives: August 2010

Mahmoud Darwish: I Remember al-Sayyab

Darwish wrote this poem on the eve of the Second Gulf War.  This translation was published in the London Review of Books, 24 June, 2004. I Remember al-Sayyab* Mahmoud Darwish ~~translated by Taline Voskeritchian and Christopher Millis~~ I remember al-Sayyab, … Continue reading

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Darwish: If You Were Not the Rain, My Love

  If you were not the rain, my love, then be the tree Saturated and bountiful, be the tree. And if you were not the tree, my love, then be the stone Saturated and moist,  be the stone. And if … Continue reading

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French 1: The Joys of Rote

My friend C.M. is a poet, a translator, and a teacher.  He is also a very good cook whose offerings are as delectable as they are visually pleasurable.  He spends a lot of time preparing his dinners.  From the shopping … Continue reading

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