Tag Archives: Mahmoud Darwish

If you were not the rain…

“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 you … Continue reading

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Mahmoud Darwish at 75

~~If Mahmoud Darwish were alive, he would be 74 years old today.  That is the best beginning for a blog about Darwish on the occasion of his day of birth.  As the platitude goes, Darwish lives in his poems, but … Continue reading

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Re-reading Darwish on March 13

~~Mahmoud Darwish was born on this day–March 13–1941.  For all that he has given to us, his readers, for the monumental body of his work and its staying power, and for his enduring images and ideas, these lines.  The first … Continue reading

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Edward Said–ten years after his death

~~Edward Said died 10 years ago today, on September 25. On that day, when the news of his death reached us, a colleague not given to excess said, “He changed our world.”  Prolific author, founder of the field of cultural … Continue reading

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Syria, Syria, nothing but Syria…

~~As the talk of attacking Syria intensifies, I am re-posting Darwish’s poem, “I Rememberal-Sayyab” which Darwish wrote on the eve of the Second Gulf War.  This translation appeared in the June 24 issue of the London Review of Books.~~ ~ … Continue reading

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In Memorium, Mahmoud Darwish: 1941-2008

~~Today–a rainy day in Boston– is the fifth anniversary of Mahmoud Darwish’s death.On this occasion, I am re-posting an excerpt from his Under Siege, which I co-translated.  This will be followed by a translation from Darwish by Fady Joudah, which … Continue reading

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May 15: The Palestinian Nakba at 65

May 15 is the day Palestinians and supporters of Palestinian rights to self-determination commemorate the Nakba, or Catastrophe which forced hundreds of thousands of the native population out of Mandatory Palestine.  Today, the Nakba is 65 years old.  On this … Continue reading

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