Tag Archives: Palestinian poets

Mahmoud Darwish

“I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a single word: Home.”
– Mahmoud Darwish, from ‘I Belong There’
  (Translated by Carolyn Forché and Munir Akash)

Mourid Barghouti

“Writing is a displacement, a displacement from the normal social contract.  A displacement from the habitual, the pattern, and the ready form.  A displacement from the common roads of love and the common roads of enmity.  A displacement from the believing nature of the political party.  A displacement from the idea of unconditional support.  The poet strives to escape from the dominant, used language, to a language that speaks itself for the first time.  He strives to escape from the chains of a tribe, from its approvals and taboos.  If he suceeds in escaping and becomes free, he becomes a stranger at the same time.  It is as though the poet is a stranger in the same degree as he is free.”
– Mourid Barghouti