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Mahmoud Darwish has died

By Don Share

According to a great many media reports, there is news that Mahmoud Darwish has died.
His work graced the pages of Poetry back in December 2005; Harriet readers may recall Daisy Fried’s recent Harriet post, “Questions for Fady Joudah”, in which Joudah talks about his work.

Comments (3)

  • On August 9, 2008 at 10:28 pm Brian Salchert wrote:

    I agree with you, Mr. Share, about Daisy Fried’s interview,
    and with your comment about Fady Joudah.

  • On August 11, 2008 at 12:42 am dale Smith wrote:

    Darwish’s narrative/documentary (Memory for Forgetfulness) remains one of the most powerful apprehensions of the brutality of a homeland under siege. Israelis? Palestinians? PLO? Western Powers? Whatever. In that book. One man. A cigarette. Holding it together in the nerve-shattering chaos of nothing holding together. Reminds me of Semezdin Mehmedinovic’s extraordinary Sarajevo Blues–a world under siege by, who else, thugs. Anyway, much love in memory of this fine man.

  • On August 12, 2008 at 9:51 pm Sam Kuraishi wrote:

    To You Mahmood:
    He Had his words
    tied in a ribbon;
    they came to his life
    and cut the wrapping.
    Words were left
    on the sidewalk of destiny
    swept by the bustling wind
    like autumn leaves.
    For what he said
    in what he believed,
    was an agony,
    but he was too strong with his afflictions.
    He wrote his own fate
    with his own words,
    and his shadow was the reflection
    of his own body.
    The try to slash his own words,
    but they couldn’t slaughter his spirit
    for his spirit is free,
    and his words are “verse libre.”
    Sam Kuriashi
    Chicago, Illinois, U.SA.

Posted in Uncategorized on Saturday, August 9th, 2008 by Don Share.