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

The Windows
3
Devilishness
4
Our Songs
6
Beginnings
7
Steps
9
Prayer
10
Birth
11
The Wings
12
Departure
38
The Exile
39
The Wave
40
The Returnee
41
The Stranger
42
The Celebration
48
The Visitor
54
End
62

Exposition
13
Joy
14
Frost
15
His Shadow is Departing
17
A Wish
21
Am the Wind
22
The Last Supper
23
Evasion
24
Evasion 2
25
Defiance
26
Defiance 2
28
Rushing
29
Chase
30
A Special Invitation
31
What Julius Caesar Didnt Say
33
Rain Inside
35
Sorrows
68
Warning
74
Shadows
98
Tents
104
Countries
110
A Bed
112
Commandments
113
Branches
114
Roofs
115
Languages
116
Taste
117
Lungs
118
Playgrounds
119
Horses
120
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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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