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Mahmoud Darwish was born in 1942 in Barwa, Palestine (now Israel), into a land-owning Sunni Muslim family. Following the Israeli occupation in 1948 his family fled their hometown. He attended the University of Moscow, USSR, for one year in 1970, and then moved to Cairo, Egypt. As a young man Darwish faced house arrest and imprisonment his political activism and for publicly reading his poetry. His collections of poetry include Stage of Siege (2002), The Adam of Two Edens (2001), Mural (2000), Bed of the Stranger (1999), Psalms (1995), and The Music of Human Flesh (1980). Darwish''s awards and honors include the Ibn Sina Prize, the Lenin Peace Prize, the Lotus prize from the Union of Afro-Asian Writers, France''s Knight of Arts and Belles Lettres medal, the Prize for Cultural Freedom from the Lannan Foundation, and the USSR''s Stalin Peace Prize. He was an editor for a Palestine Liberation Organization monthly journal and the director of the group''s research center. In 1987 he was appointed to the PLO executive committee, and resigned in 1993 in opposition to the Oslo Agreement. In 1996 Darwish returned to Israel after twenty-six years of exile to visit his birthplace, and settled in Ramallah in the West Bank. He is currently the editor-in-chief and founder of the literary review Al Karmel, published out of the Sakakini Centre since 1997. Biography from: Poets.org



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Psalm Three by Mahmoud Darwish
On the day when my words
were earth...
I was a friend to stalks of wheat.

On the day when my words
were wrath
I was a friend to chains.

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I Come From There by Mahmoud Darwish
I come from there and I have memories
Born as mortals are, I have a mother
And a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends,
And a prison cell with a cold window.
Mine is the wave, snatched by sea-gulls,
I have my own view,
And an extra blade … [ Read More ]

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Passport by Mahmoud Darwish
They did not recognize me in the shadows
That suck away my color in this Passport
And to them my wound was an exhibit
For a tourist Who loves to collect photographs
They did not recognize me,
Ah . . . Don't leave
The palm of my hand without the sun
Because… [ Read More ]

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I Am There by Mahmoud Darwish
I come from there and remember,
I was born like everyone is born, I have a mother
and a house with many windows,
I have brothers, friends and a prison.
I have a wave that se [ Read More ]

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A Lover From Palestine by Mahmoud Darwish
Her eyes are Palestinian
Her name is Palestinian
Her dress and sorrow Palestinian
Her kerchief, her feet and body Palestinian
Her words a [ Read More ]

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Rita And The Rifle by Mahmoud Darwish
Between Rita and my eyes
There is a rifle
And whoever knows Rita
Kneels and plays
To the divinity in those honey-colored eyes
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Under Siege by Mahmoud Darwish
Here on the slopes of hills, facing the dusk and the cannon of time
Close to the gardens of broken shadows,
We do what prisoners do,
And what the jobless do:
We cult [ Read More ]

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Psalm 9 by Mahmoud Darwish
O rose beyond the reach of time and of the senses
O kiss enveloped in the scarves of all the winds
surprise me with one dream
that my madness will recoil from you
Recoiling from you
In order to approach you
I discovered time
Approaching you
in order… [ Read More ]

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