By Alan Benjamin
For sunlight hours, forever, here's a vigorous creation to the thrill of poetry. those lively verses will make children are looking to giggle, replicate, and dream. Karen Lee Schmidt's whimsical illustrations are the ideal supplement to this selection of witty and clever poems to develop on. complete colour.
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Smoke. Metal preparing a feast for metal the master, and a dawn that flares up in all the senses before it breaks. A roaring that chases me out of bed and throws me into this narrow hallway. I want nothing, and I hope for nothing. I can't direct my limbs in this pandemonium. No time for caution, and no time for time. If I only knew-if I knew how to organize the crush of this death that keeps pouring forth. If only I knew how to liberate the screams held back in a body that no longer feels like mine from the sheer effort spent to save itself in this uninterrupted chaos of shells.
As I have tried to show, the domains of the political and the aesthetic are so interwoven in Darwish's text that freedom from aesthetic coercion represents on his part a conscious act aimed at freedom from political coercion as well. I hope the translation does full justice to the original, with its playfulness, power, and depth, its music and bittersweet humor. Out of one dream, another dream is born: -Are you well? I mean, are you alive? -How did you know I was just this moment laying my head on your knee to sleep?
That's no doubt due to the heat and the sweat. I'll wash you in jasmine water, my love. But why are you pissing in the street? Do you speak French? No? Where were you born? In Ta'ez? Where's this Ta'ez? In Yemen? No matter. No matter. I thought you were different. It doesn't matter, Shlomo. Just shell over there for my sake, over theref? Gently place one spoonful of the ground coffee, electrified with the aroma of cardamom, on the rippling surface of the hot water, then stir slowly, first clockwise, then up and down.
A Nickel Buys a Rhyme by Alan Benjamin