Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems / Edition 1

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems / Edition 1

by Mahmoud Darwish
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520237544

ISBN-13: 9780520237544

Pub. Date: 01/28/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Mahmoud Darwish is a literary rarity: at once critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the Arabic language, and beloved as the voice of his people. He is a living legend whose lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren. He has assimilated some of the world's oldest literary traditions at the same time that he has struggled to open new…  See more details below

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Mahmoud Darwish is a literary rarity: at once critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the Arabic language, and beloved as the voice of his people. He is a living legend whose lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren. He has assimilated some of the world's oldest literary traditions at the same time that he has struggled to open new possibilities for poetry. This collection spans Darwish's entire career, nearly four decades, revealing an impressive range of expression and form. A splendid team of translators has collaborated with the poet on these new translations, which capture Darwish's distinctive voice and spirit.

Author Biography: Mahmoud Darwish is the author of twenty books of poems, including Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (California, 1995), The Adam of Two Edens (2001), and Psalms (1994). He received the 2001 Prize for Cultural Freedom from the Lannan Foundation. Munir Akash is editor of Jusoor, The Arab American Journal of Cultural Exchange, and coeditor of The Adam of Two Edens (2001) and Post Gibran: Anthropology of New Arab American Writing (2000). Carolyn Forché is Professor of English at George Mason University and author of The Angel of History (1994). Sinan Antoon is coeditor of Arab Studies Journal. Amira El-Zein is the author of Bedouin of Hell (1992) and The Book of Palm Trees (1973).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520237544
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
210
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I Will Slog over This Road3
Another Road in the Road4
Were it Up to Me to Begin Again5
On This Earth6
I Belong There7
Addresses for the Soul, outside This Place8
Earth Presses against Us9
We Journey towards a Home10
We Travel Like All People11
Athens Airport12
I Talk Too Much13
We Have the Right to Love Autumn14
The Last Train Has Stopped15
On the Slope, Higher Than the Sea, They Slept16
He Embraces His Murderer17
Winds Shift against Us18
Neighing on the Slope19
Other Barbarians Will Come20
They Would Love to See Me Dead21
When the Martyrs Go to Sleep22
The Night There23
We Went to Aden24
Another Damascus in Damascus25
The Flute Cried26
In This Hymn27
The Hoopoe31
I See My Ghost Coming from Afar55
A Cloud in My Hands58
The Kindhearted Villagers61
The Owl's Night63
The Everlasting Indian Fig65
The Lute of Ismael67
The Strangers' Picnic71
The Raven's Ink74
Like the Letter "N" in the Qur'an77
Ivory Combs79
The Death of the Phoenix82
Poetic Regulations85
Excerpts from the Byzantine Odes of Abu Firas87
The Dreamers Pass from One Sky to Another89
A Rhyme for the Odes (Mu'allaqat)91
Night That Overflows My Body94
The Gypsy Woman Has a Tame Sky96
We Were without a Present101
Sonnet II105
The Stranger Finds Himself in the Stranger106
The Land of the Stranger, the Serene Land108
Inanna's Milk110
Who Am I, without Exile?113
Lesson from the Kama Sutra115
Mural119
A Soldier Dreams of White Tulips165
As Fate Would Have it169
Four Personal Addresses179
Glossary183

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