The Butterfly's Burden: Poems

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Copper Canyon Press, 2007 - Poetry - 327 pages
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“Mahmoud Darwish is the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging, exquisitely tuned singer of images that invoke, link, and shine a brilliant light into the world's whole heart. What he speaks has been embraced by readers around the world—his in an utterly necessary voice, unforgettable once discovered.”—Naomi Shihab Nye

Mahmoud Darwish is the leading poet in the Arab world, an artist and activist who attracts thousands to his public readings.

The Butterfly's Burden combines the complete text of Darwish's two most recent full-length volumes, linked by the stunning memoir-witness poem “A State of Siege.” Love poems, sonnets, journal-like distillations, and interlaced lyrics balance old literary traditions with new forms, highlighting loving reflections alongside bitter longing.

From Sonnet [V]

I touch you as a lonely violin touches the suburbs of the faraway place.
Patiently the river asks for its share of the drizzle.
And, bit by bit, a tomorrow passing in poems approaches
so I carry faraway's land and it carries me on the road.

Mahmoud Darwish is the author of 30 books of poetry and prose, as well as the Palestinian Declaration of Independence. He has worked as a journalist, was director of the Palestinian Research Center, and lived in exile until his return to Palestine in 1996. He has received many international awards for his poetry.

Translator Fady Joudah is a physician based in Houston, Texas, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson. He is active in Doctors Without Borders.

 

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Contents

We Were Missing a Present
5
Sonnet i
11
Low
13
We Walk on the Bridge
19
Sonnet v Cadence Chooses Me
23
Sonnet ii
25
The Stranger Stumbles upon Himself in the Stranger
27
A Cloud from Sodom
29
A Lesson from Kama Sutra
101
The Damascene Collar of the Dove
105
A State ofSiege 2002
121
Dont Apologize for What Youve Done 2003
175
in the lust of cadence
177
Cadence Chooses
179
Have the Wisdom of One Condemned to Death
181
Another Day Will Come
183

A Does Young Twins
31
Sonnet iii
33
Take My Horse and Slaughter It
35
The Strangers Land the Serene Land
37
Inannas Milk
41
Sonnet iv
45
No More and No Less
47
Wedding Song
51
Housework
55
Sonnet v
59
Two Stranger Birds in Our Feathers
61
Waited for No
65
Drought
69
Sonnet vi
73
The Subsistence of Birds
75
Maybe Because Winter Is Late
79
Who Am I Without Exile?
89
Jameel Bouthaina and I
93
A Mask for Majnoon Laila
97
And I Even ifI Were the Last
185
In My Mothers House
187
Dont Apologize for What Youve Done
189
On a Day like Today
191
Set Down Here and
193
If You Return Alone
195
Didnt Apologize to the Well
197
No Banner in the Wind
199
The Horse Fell Off the Poem
201
To Our Land
203
And We Have a Land Nothing but Light
205
The Beloved Hemorrhaged Anemones
209
In Jerusalem
211
A Man and a Fawn Are in the Garden
229
Sonnet iii I Waited for No One The Damascene Collar of
233
Now When You Awaken Remember
243
Say What You Want
257
Sonnet i Set Down Here and Now I Didnt Apologize to the Well
324
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Mahmoud Darwish is the Poet Laureate of Palestine and the author of the Palestinian national anthem. Author of over twenty books, he was awarded the Lannan Prize for Cultural Freedom. Fady Joudah is a Palestinian-American doctor based in Houston, Texas, and is active in Doctors Without Borders. He earned an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, and his original poetry and translations have appeared in a wide range of publications.

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