The Butterfly's Burden
Butterfly's Burden by Mahmoud Darwish
Book 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 NyeMahmoud 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. His first book of poems received the Yale Younger Poets prize.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781556592416
Paperback / softback
(229mm x 150mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Copper Canyon Press
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Mahmoud Darwish
Memory for Forgetfulness, Paperback (June 2013)
What is the meaning of exile? What is the role of the writer in time of war? What is the relationship of writing (memory) to history (forgetfulness)? This title offers an extended reflection on the invasion and its political and historical dimensions.
Unfortunately, it Was Paradise, Paperback (April 2013)
The author 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. A legend in Palestine, his lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren. This collection spans his entire career, nearly four decades, revealing a range of expression and form.
Journal of an Ordinary Grief, Paperback (August 2011)View all books by Mahmoud Darwish
One of Darwish's early works. This prophetic book provides the background for the poet's decision to become an exile.
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Author Biography - Mahmoud Darwish
Mahmoud Darwish is the Poet Laureate of Palestine and the author of the Palestinian national anthem. Author of over twenty books, he was awarded the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American doctor based in Houston, Texas, and is active in Doctors Without Borders. He earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, and his original poetry and translations have appeared in a wide range of publications.
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