A River Dies of Thirst: journals by Mahmoud Darwish

By Mahmoud Darwish

“There are maps of Palestine that the politicians won't ever have the ability to forfeit: the single saved within the thoughts of Palestinian refugees, and that that is drawn by means of Mahmoud Darwish’s poetry.”—Anton Shammas

This awesome 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 consistently, Darwish’s musings on unrest and loss live on love and humanity; fantasy and dream are inseparable from fact. “Truth is obvious as day.” during the booklet, Darwish returns often to his ongoing and sometimes lighthearted dialog with death.

Mahmoud Darwish (1941–2008) used to be offered 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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They've read what they've read, and they've seen what they've seen, and they don't believe defeat is inevitable. So they set out on the trail of that fragrance. They shame me, without my knowing I'm ashamed in front of them. The obscure heaps up on the obscure, rubs against itself, and ignites into clarity. Conquerors can do anything. They can aim sea, sky, and earth at me, but they cannot root the aroma of coffee out of me. I shall make my coffee now. I will drink the coffee now. Right now, I will be sated with the aroma of coffee, that I may at least distinguish myself from a sheep and live one more day, or die, with the aroma of coffee all around me.

The sky sinks like a sagging concrete roof. The sea approaches, changing into dry land. Sky and sea are one substance, making it hard to breathe. I switch on the radio. Nothing. Time has frozen. It sits on me, choking me. The jets pass between my fingers. They pierce my lungs. How can I reach the aroma of coffee? Am I to shrivel up and die without the aroma of coffee? I don't want. I don't want. Where's my will? It stopped there, on the other side of the street, the day we MEMORY FOR FORGETFULNESS 11 raised the call against the legend advancing on us from the south.

Sky and sea are one substance, making it hard to breathe. I switch on the radio. Nothing. Time has frozen. It sits on me, choking me. The jets pass between my fingers. They pierce my lungs. How can I reach the aroma of coffee? Am I to shrivel up and die without the aroma of coffee? I don't want. I don't want. Where's my will? It stopped there, on the other side of the street, the day we MEMORY FOR FORGETFULNESS 11 raised the call against the legend advancing on us from the south. " Flesh engaged against metal: it won against the difficult arithemtic, and the conquerors were halted by the walls.

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