A River Dies of Thirst: journals by Mahmoud Darwish

By Mahmoud Darwish

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

This notable number of Mahmoud Darwish’s poems and prose meditations is either lyrical and philosophical, wondering and clever, packed with irony and protest and play. “Every attractive poem is an act of resistance.” As continuously, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss live on love and humanity; fable and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is obvious as day.” through the booklet, Darwish returns often to his ongoing and infrequently lighthearted dialog with death.

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) used to be presented 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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That’s it! I’ll write a book called happiness, certain to make me rich — people will pay good money for advice on how to live. I’ll buy a farm with lots of acreage and build a mansion for my wife. Some comic scenes will be quite autobiographical. And though dazed children starve in Africa as mothers wail up to the skies for them, and soldiers cut the throats of prisoners as always they have done, what harm, I ask, can the pursuit of carefree happiness do to whatever pleasures that mere chance or universal law indi≠erently allow: a hat tipped toward the waiting void, or swimming on a summer afternoon to some shore nowhere in particular?

We both were Yankee fans From boyhood on, but I, disdaining all The dough they had to spend, switched my allegiance to The Sox, rejecting my past ties, gaining An Evil Empire to do battle with. We di≠ered most in our opposing views Of whether we were right to send our troops Into Iraq, whether democracy was possible In that part of the world or not. I thought We had to try, but feared the worst: that war, Atomic war — since human nature has Not changed — would come about, and he feared most That liberties at home would soon be lost.

That’s it! I’ll write a book called happiness, certain to make me rich — people will pay good money for advice on how to live. I’ll buy a farm with lots of acreage and build a mansion for my wife. Some comic scenes will be quite autobiographical. And though dazed children starve in Africa as mothers wail up to the skies for them, and soldiers cut the throats of prisoners as always they have done, what harm, I ask, can the pursuit of carefree happiness do to whatever pleasures that mere chance or universal law indi≠erently allow: a hat tipped toward the waiting void, or swimming on a summer afternoon to some shore nowhere in particular?

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