Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems / Edition 1

Unfortunately, It Was Paradise: Selected Poems / Edition 1

by Mahmoud Darwish
     
 

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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

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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).

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

Fewer Roses

I Will Slog Over This Road
Another Road In The Road
Were It Up To Me To Begin Anew
On This Earth
I Belong To There
The Soul's Address, Outside This Place
Earth Presses Against Us
We Journey Towards A Home
We Travel Like All People
Athens Airport
I Talk Too Much
We Have The Right To Love Autumn
The Last Train Stopped
On The Slope, Higher Than The Sea, They Slept
He Embraces His Murderer
Winds Shift Against Us
Neighing At The Slope
Other Berbers Will Come
They Love To See Me Dead
When Martyrs Go To Sleep
The Night There
We Went To Aden
Another Damascus In Damascus
The Flute Cried
In This Hymn

I See What I Want To See

The Hoopoe

Why Have You Left The Horse Alone

I See My Ghost Coming From Afar
A Cloud In My Hands
The Kindhearted Villagers
The Owl's Night
The Everlasting Indian Fig
The Lute of Ismael
The Journey of Strangers
The Raven's Ink
Like The Letter "N" In the Qur`an
Ivory Combs
The Death of the Phoenix
Poetic Regulations
Excerpts From The Byzantine Odes By Abu Firas
The Dreamers Pass From One Sky To Another
A Rhyme For The Odes (Mu'Allaqat)
Night That Overflows My Body
The Gypsy Woman Has A Tame Sky

A Bed For The Stranger

We Were Without A Present
Sonnet II
The Stranger Finds Himself In The Stranger
The Land Of The Stranger, The Serene Land
Inanna's Milk
Who Am I, Without Exile?
Lesson From The Kama Sutra

Mural
Mural

Three poems, before 1986
A Soldier Dreams of White Tulips
As Fate Would Have It
Four Personal Addresses

Glossary

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