Rain Inside

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Northwestern University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Poetry - 120 pages
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A Palestinian poet, Ibrahim Nasrallah is among the foremost poets of his generation. In this collection, Nasrallah describes the suffering of the Palestinians not through a personal lens, but through a universal context. He observes life with a natural human tendency toward a love that can heal, transcend, and transform the pain and sorrow of human experience.

“Taste”

There’s the dewy taste of seas and clouds in the dust,
the taste of the expanse and the rain,
of plains, mountains, humans,
of feminity, love, and intrepid oranges,
of childhood and saffron,
of living in my mother’s heart,
of travel,
and of your soul and mine.
But my beloved trees steal toward the source
to taste it in solitude, before any of us

 

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Contents

1 The Windows
3
2 Devilishness
4
3 Our Songs
6
4 Beginnings
7
5 Steps
9
6 Prayer
10
7 Birth
11
8 The Wings
12
23 What Julius Caesar Didnt Say
33
24 Rain Inside
35
25 Departure
38
26 The Exile
39
27 The Wave
40
28 The Returnee
41
29 The Stranger
42
30 Renovation
43

9 Exposition
13
10 Joy
14
11 Frost
15
12 His Shadow is Departing
17
13 A Wish
21
14 I Am the Wind
22
15 The Last Supper
23
16 Evasion
24
17 Evasion 2
25
18 Defiance
26
19 Defiance 2
28
20 Rushing
29
21 Chase
30
22 A Special Invitation
31
31 A Beautiful Morning
44
32 The Soldier
47
33 The Celebration
48
34 The Guide
49
35 The Survivors
52
36 The Visitor
54
37 Possibilities
56
38 The Foal
58
39 The Stairs
59
40 The Chairs
61
41 The Hours
76
42 Mirrors of Dust
97
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About the author (2009)

Ibrahim Nasrallah was born in Amman, Jordan, in 1954, and raised in a refugee camp. After working as a teacher and a journalist, he became vice president of Darat Al-Funoun, Jordan’s most prominent art and cultural center. He has written thirteen poetry collections and eleven novels, as well as works of literary criticism. He is also a painter and a photographer. 

Omnia Amin
was born in Cairo, Egypt. She is an author, translator, and professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Rick London lives and works in San Francisco. His most recent publication is the poetry collection The Materialist (Doorjamb Press, 2008).

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