The Lives of Rain: Poems

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Short listed for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize/The Pitt Poetry Series. “In The Lives of Rain, Nathalie Handal has brought forth a work of radical displacement and uncertainty, moving continent to continent, giving voice to Palestinians of the diaspora in the utterance of one fiercely awake and compassionate, who, against warfare, occupation and brutality offers her native language, olives, wind, a herd of sheep or a burning mountain, radio music, a butterfly's gaze… Handal is a poet of deftly considered ...
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Short listed for the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize/The Pitt Poetry Series. “In The Lives of Rain, Nathalie Handal has brought forth a work of radical displacement and uncertainty, moving continent to continent, giving voice to Palestinians of the diaspora in the utterance of one fiercely awake and compassionate, who, against warfare, occupation and brutality offers her native language, olives, wind, a herd of sheep or a burning mountain, radio music, a butterfly's gaze… Handal is a poet of deftly considered paradoxes and reversals, sensory evocations and mysteries left beautifully unresolved. Hers is a language seared by history and marked by the impress of extremity; so it is suffused with a rare species of wisdom.”
-From the Foreword by Carolyn Forché
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  • ISBN-13: 9781566566025
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: The Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The doors of exile 1
Ephratha 5
The conflict 7
Bethlehem 9
The blue jacket 10
The warrior 11
The combatant and I 12
Regrets in Galilee 13
The ballad of Haya 14
Twelve deaths at noon 15
Jenin 16
Conversation with a soldier when no one is around 17
Gaza city 19
The uncertainty of fear 20
Detained 21
Haifa, Haifa 23
The hanging hours 24
I never made it to Cafe Beirut; nor, I heard, did you 25
Une Suele Nuit a Marrakech 29
Orphans of night 30
El Almuerzo de Tia Habiba 31
Caribe in Nueva York 32
Baladna 33
Blue hours 34
Strangers inside of me 36
In search of midnight 37
Dalmatian coast 39
Around my body, lost songs 40
Kolo 41
Goran's whispers 42
The lives of rain 43
War 44
Pequenas palabras 46
Sense and sensibility, contemporary American politics 47
Presidente 48
Even 49
Una Leyenda invisible 50
Milos Jovanovic's dream 51
Tonight 52
Amrika 57
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