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Eleven Planets & Two Edens

He describes Palestine as a metaphor–for exile, for the human condition, for the grief of dislocation and dispossession. In “Eleven Planets in the Last Andalusian Sky,” he writes:

I’m the Adam of two Edens lost to me twice:
Expel me slowly. Kill me slowly
With Garcia Lorca
Under my olive tree.


Edward Said and Mahmoud Darwish

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  • I belong there.. I have many memories. I was born as everyone is born….

    In Jerusalem..

    Edward Said and his sister

    In a poem Mahmoud Darwish bids Edward Said farewell

    New York/ November/ Fifth Avenue
    The sun a plate of shredded metal
    I asked myself, estranged in the shadow:
    Is it Babel or Sodom?

    R.I.P Mahmoud Darwish 1941-2008 (previous post – Two Windows and a Story)

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  • John Berger

    I’ve only been actively concerned with Palestine as a writer for about seven years. But the crisis, the injustice, the suffering of the Palestinians, have coexisted alongside my whole life as a writer. The length of this injustice, the lack of recognition of it by the rest of the world, while Israel pursues its own logic, totally regardless of the views of the external world – all this I was not conscious of then, but I am now.

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