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By Mahmoud Darwish

“There are maps of Palestine that the politicians won't ever be ready to forfeit: the only saved within the stories of Palestinian refugees, and that that's drawn through Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.”—Anton Shammas

This striking number of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is either lyrical and philosophical, wondering and clever, jam-packed with irony and protest and play. “Every appealing poem is an act of resistance.” As continuously, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss reside on love and humanity; fantasy and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is apparent as day.” during the booklet, Darwish returns often to his ongoing and sometimes lighthearted dialog with death.

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) used to be presented the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom in 2001. He used to be considered as the voice of the Palestinian humans and one of many maximum poets of our time.

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I, you know, I don’t mind, you know, I live in New York City. I’m gonna be damned if fucking I walk 4 blocks... Well it’s a pilgrimage. I’m gonna be damned if I walk 4 blocks and worry about getting mugged I mean I’m in this fucking city, you know, what please. It can’t be rougher than New York, really. So I say to myself. No I haven’t in New York? No I haven’t. No no. Never. I’ve never had any trouble in this city. Yeah. I’ve never seen you anything but calm. Have you? OK, it’s possible, huh? I haven’t I haven’t seen this yet.

It’s fine. Who wouldn’t like it? On the other hand I don’t like the context. I think it’s, you know, I think it’s a really bad context and John’s like you shouldn’t have done the show. I said right. I’m I’m divided. I cause I did do the show I did say it’s OK to do the show. John says if you do the show you’ve got to do the stuff that goes with the show. He says I don’t mind if you don’t do the show if you don’t want to do it. But don’t don’t... you know, he said don’t embarrass me don’t embarrass yourself, you know, either shit or get off the pot with those things in terms of commitments for the future, you know.

Really harsh. No. The people gave us money when we came there. But of course it was worth nothing when we came here. So I just gave it I gave the whole thing to somebody. Somebody who’s who’s father was really sick. I didn’t know her but I was like take my money. Yeah. Who worked in the opera. She had no money I was like to pay for the funeral I was like here take my money. They gave us so much money. There was nothing there that I really wanted, you know, you know... I went to I went to the flea markets.

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