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In the Presence of Absence I scatter you before me line by line with a mastery I possessed only in beginnings Just as you asked me, I stand now in your name to thank those who have come to bid you farewell before this final journey and to call on them to hasten their farewell and go on to a banquet befitting your memoryWinner of ALTA National Translation AwardA major poet, near death, meditating in lyric prose on all that he has lost freedom, homeland, childhood, love In this moving translation, Sinan Antoon generously invites the English speaking reader into the immensityand metaphysical subtletyof Darwishs grief Richard Sieburth The truest of poets In the Presence of Absence is a book possessed of a remarkable and enduring beauty Chuck Wachtel Beautiful inescapably lyrical Bookslut Mahmoud Darwish is perhaps the foremost Palestinian poet of last century Tablet There are two maps of Palestine that politicians will never manage to forfeit the one kept in the memories of Palestinian refugees, and that which is drawn by Darwishs poetry Anton Shammas Then came silence Mahmoud Darwish began to read We did not know a word of Arabic, but we heard his voice reach out and sink deep down to pluck the strings of the Palestinian soul It was a magical night in Ramallah, the magician, Mahmoud Darwish, whose spell was cast the way it has been through ages simply by being that elusive archetype, much envied and feared by powera poet at ease with, because attuned to, his own people Wole Soyinka Mahmoud Darwish is one of the greatest poets of our time In his poetry Palestine becomes the map of the human soul Elias Khoury Darwish is the premier poetic voice of the Palestinian people lyrical, imagistic, plaintive, haunting, always passionate, and elegant and never anything less than freewhat he would dream for all his people Naomi Shihab Nye A unique achievement It offers costly wisdoms from a life journey, rendered in the opaque lyricism of Darwish s poetryHis is the voice of dispossessed Palestine but its longings, including sheer lust, are universal This book overflows with resonant lines and questions It is a book for life The Independent

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