Butterfly's Burden

ISBN-10: 1556592418

ISBN-13: 9781556592416

Edition: 2006

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Description: "Mahmoud Darwish is the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging, exquisitely tuned singer of images that invoke, link, and shine a brilliant light into the world's whole heart. What he speaks has been embraced by readers around the world-his in an utterly necessary voice, unforgettable once discovered."-Naomi Shihab Nye Mahmoud Darwish is the leading poet in the Arab world, an artist and activist who attracts thousands to his public readings. The Butterfly's Burden combines the complete text of Darwish's two most recent full-length volumes, linked by the stunning memoir-witness poem "A State of Siege." Love poems, sonnets, journal-like distillations, and interlaced lyrics balance old literary traditions with new forms, highlighting loving reflections alongside bitter longing. From Sonnet [V] I touch you as a lonely violin touches the suburbs of the faraway place. Patiently the river asks for its share of the drizzle. And, bit by bit, a tomorrow passing in poems approaches so I carry faraway's land and it carries me on the road. Mahmoud Darwish is the author of 30 books of poetry and prose, as well as the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. He has worked as a journalist, was director of the Palestinian Research Center, and lived in exile until his return to Palestine in 1996. He has received many international awards for his poetry. Translator Fady Joudah is a physician based in Houston, Texas, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson. He is active in Doctors Without Borders.

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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 1/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 327
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144

Arab poet Mahmoud Darwish was born on March 15, 1941. He was considered the Palestinian national poet and won numerous awards for his work including the 1969 Lotus Prize, the 1983 Lenin Peace Prize, and the 2001 Lannan Foundation Prize for Cultral Freedom. His best known work was Identity Card (1964). He also edited the journal Al Karmel and wrote the Palestinian declaration of independent statehood. He died from complications of heart surgery on August 9, 2008.

Translator's Preface
The Stranger's Bed 1998
We Were Missing a Present
Low Sky
We Walk on the Bridge
Your Night Is of Lilac
The Stranger Stumbles upon Himself in the Stranger
A Cloud from Sodom
A Doe's Young Twins
Take My Horse and Slaughter It...
The Stranger's Land / the Serene Land
Inanna's Milk
No More and No Less
Wedding Song
Housework
Two Stranger Birds in Our Feathers
I Waited for No One
Drought
The Subsistence of Birds
Maybe, Because Winter Is Late
Who Am I, Without Exile?
Jameel Bouthaina and I
A Mask...for Majnoon Laila
A Lesson from Kama Sutra
The Damascene Collar of the Dove
A State of Siege 2002
"Here, by the downslope of hills, facing the sunset"
Don't Apologize for What You've Done 2003
In the Lust of Cadence
Cadence Chooses Me
I Have the Wisdom of One Condemned to Death
Another Day Will Come
And I, Even if I Were the Last
In My Mother's House
Don't Apologize for What You've Done
On a Day like Today
Set Down, Here, and Now
If You Return Alone
I Didn't Apologize to the Well
No Banner in the Wind
The Horse Fell Off the Poem
To Our Land
And We Have a Land
Nothing but Light
The Beloved Hemorrhaged Anemones
In Jerusalem
In Her Absence I Created Her Image
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Two Olive Trees
They Don't Look Behind Them
They Didn't Ask: What's After Death
Murdered and Unknown
The Cypress Broke
A Man and a Fawn Are in the Garden
This Is Forgetfulness
You'll Be Forgotten, As If You Never Were
As for Me, I Say to My Name
Dream, What Is It?
Now, When You Awaken, Remember
The Shadow
Nothing Pleases Me
He's Calm, and I Am Too
Describing Clouds
A Noun Sentence
Say What You Want
Don't Write History as Poetry
What Will Remain?
I Don't Know Your Name
She's Alone in the Evening
While Waiting
If I Were Another
Thanks to Tunis
I Have a Seat in the Abandoned Theater
In Syria
In Egypt
I Recall al-Sayyab
The Coastal Road
"A road that leads to Egypt and Syria"
Not as a Foreign Tourist Does
"I walked on what remains of the heart"
A Poetry Stanza / the Southerner's House
"Standing together beneath a window"
Like a Mysterious Incident
"In Pablo Neruda's home, on the Pacific"
The Kurd has Only the Wind
"The Kurd remembers, when I visit him, his tomorrow"
Notes
About the Author
About the Translator
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