Monthly Archives: August 2013

Seamus Heaney (1939-2013)

“In one sense, the efficacy of poetry is nil – no lyric has ever stopped a tank. In other sense, it is unlimited. It is like the writing in the sand, in the face of which accuser and accused are left speechless and renewed. Poetry does not say, ‘Now a solution will take place.’ It […]

August 20

Darwish’s Wall

I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary Palestinian literature lately and came across this short piece by beloved Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. This is from his book, A River Dies of Thirst: Diaries, published in 2009 by Saqi Books (and translated by Catherine Cobham). I only wish I discovered this as I was writing¬†Walls. The […]

August 11

Palestine’s Stolen Books

As some of you may know, I am working on a new project about the Palestinian relationship to books and literature. When I was in Jerusalem last year, the owner of Educational Bookshop told me about a documentary titled¬†The Great Book Robbery. The film, directed by Benny Brunner, tells the story of how Israeli authorities […]