A River Dies of Thirst: journals by Mahmoud Darwish

By Mahmoud Darwish

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

This outstanding choice 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 regularly, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss stay on love and humanity; delusion and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is apparent as day.” through the ebook, Darwish returns often to his ongoing and infrequently lighthearted dialog with death.

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) was once provided 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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I stepped from the truck, honey, chestnuts rolled in honey. The higher, grayer part creaked. It tottered. For a raven that you snatch by the legs and spin like a bundle, as long as it doesn’t crash into a windowpane, you don’t know if it hits with its back or its eyes closed, glued from fear. The windowpane is not its beak. The raven has no beak. The raven has only a sail with drawn-on seed. Stars, ricocheting into the moon’s glass, go out. Between the time someone’s in the sky and the time he burns in the sky is the beat of an eyelid.

The elephant is bottomless. It spins vases and the girls in them. It spills itself on little cups, a coffee, an airplane kneels in the overgrown grass. This isn’t my bread. The bread is all yours. It adorns itself with claws. Jump into the factory of rough flags and stretch the edge. Fall asleep with the stretched edge. Bites and Happiness These are the little ribs of my patrons. They tramp in the black residue. They stir loam shipward, oust birds from v’s and c’s. There are vast white plains seen only by gargoyles.

And when the body thickens and you get up because I dress you, because I congeal you. I erase you back in the past. I draw a white flap, shine a white flap. The Clouds of Tiepolo The flock fell behind a hill. God tottered. I chased a stall. Faded and flew. When there’s no syrup in the eyes, there’s no black man in the body. Virgo is in the loaf and creels. She throws snowballs while standing. Plans unravel. Clouds are rosy, as by Tiepolo. As by Deacon and Aritreia. Tasso kills a cricket. The knot spreads and advances into the jacket with many and’s, as with the Danes, who also translated the Bible like this.

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