So what: New & Selected Poems (with a Story), 1971-2005

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Copper Canyon Press, 2006 - Poetry - 197 pages
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"Taha Muhammad Ali speaks with an emotional forthrightness. . . . He has developed a style that seems both ancient and new, deceptively simple and movingly direct."--The Washington Post


Taha Muhammad Ali is a revered Palestinian poet whose work is driven by vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty. As a boy he was exiled from his hometown, but rather than turning to a protest poetry of black-and-white slogans to convey this loss, he has created art of the highest order. His poems portray experiences that range from catastrophe to splendor, each preserving an essential human dignity.

Neither music
fame nor wealth,
not even poetry itself,
could provide consolation
for life's brevity,
or the fact that King Lear
is a mere eighty pages long, and comes to an end,
and for the thought that one might suffer greatly
on account of a rebellious child.


So What will include Arabic en face and introductions by co-translators Gabriel Levin and Peter Cole. Muhammad Ali will be one of the international poets featured at the 2006 Dodge Poetry Festival, and he will embark on a reading tour of the United States in the fall of 2006.

  

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User Review  - Kayne - Goodreads

intense poetry. good view into the occupied Palestinian mindset. Read full review

Review: So What: New and Selected Poems 1971-2005

User Review  - Goodreads

intense poetry. good view into the occupied Palestinian mindset. Read full review

Contents

Abd ellHadi Fights a Superpower
3
Postoperative Complications Following the Extraction
9
The Fourth Qasida
19
Exodus
31
Ambergris
41
The Evening Wine of Aged Sorrow
47
Fooling the Killers
55
There Was No Farewell
61
Twigs
115
Meeting at an Airport
123
Abd ellHadi the Fool
129
This Is the Steel Mihrab About to Fall and Thats
137
Fellah
143
Michelle
149
Where
155
Between Sleep and Waking
161

Never Mind
69
The Falcon
77
Sabhas Rope
101
The Destruction of a Village
107
The Kid Goats of Jamil
169
Tea and Sleep
175
Notes
195
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About the author (2006)

Taha Muhammad Ali is a leading poet in Palestinian. Born in 1931 in Galilee, he fled to Lebanon during the 1948 war. A year later he slipped across the border with his family and settled in Nazareth. The longtime owner of a souvenir shop, Ali is self-taught in contemporary literature and is a favorite reader at international literature festivals. Peter Cole has published two collections of poety and several translations from medieval and contemporary Hebrew. His Selected Poems of Shmuel HaNagid (Princeton) received the MLA Translation Award.

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