Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Mahmoud Darwish, Our Third Day of Mourning

In recognition of the three days of national mourning for poet Mahmoud Darwish, which is happening in what is left of Palestine, and in the hearts of Palestinians everywhere, I offer a third day of links to the poet.

It is astonishing to think that a poet would cause a nation to stop in its tracks for three days, to reflect and to mourn what has passed--but that is a measure of Darwish's importance to the Palestinian people, and some echo of poetry's once-pivotal role in articulating what Benedict Anderson once famously called "imagined communities."

Poets Sinan Antoon and Fady Joudah on Democracy Now to talk about Mahmoud Darwish's legacy.

On Darwish as humanist, by Saifedean Ammous on "The Saif House" blog

At Salam+Shalom: "State of Siege"

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