Tag Archives: Darwish

February 07

Palestinian Reading List #4: “To Describe an Almond Blossom”

One of Mahmoud Darwish’s last poems, and a new favourite of mine. This translation, by Mohammad Shaheen, appears in Almond Blossoms and Beyond published by Interlink Books (2009).   To Describe an Almond Blossom   To describe an almond blossom no encyclopedia of flowers In any help to me, no dictionary. Words carry me off […]

September 07

“Turn off the heat, and pay no heed to the rockets.”

It is the last day of my short residency at the Banff Centre. I’ve been working on my project about Palestinians and their relationship to the written word. My trouble has been finding some sort of overarching theme, or themes, to link together the different stories I’ve found. I am getting closer. Regardless, my time […]

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 […]