A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry

Foyle, N. (2017) A Blade of Grass: New Palestinian Poetry. Smokestack Books, Ripon, UK. ISBN 9780995767539

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‘Against barbarity,’ wrote the celebrated Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (1942-2008), ‘poetry can resist only by cultivating an attachment to human fragility, like a blade of grass growing on a wall as armies march by.’

A Blade of Grass brings together, in English and in Arabic, new work by poets from the Occupied West Bank and Gaza, from the Palestinian diaspora and from within the disputed borders of Israel. Featuring work by Fady Joudah, Mahmoud Darwish, Maya Abu Al-Hayyat, Deema K. Shehabi, Ashraf Fayadh, Mustafa Abu Sneineh, Naomi Shihab Nye, Marwan Makhoul, Farid Bitar, Fatena Al Ghorra, Dareen Tatour and Sara Saleh, it celebrates the flourishing cultural resistance of the Palestinian people to decades of displacement, occupation, exile and bombardment. Voices fresh and seasoned converse with history, sing to the land, and courageously nurture an attachment to human fragility. Written in free verse and innovative forms, hip-hop rhythms and the Arabic lyric tradition, these poems bear witness both to catastrophe and to the powerful determination to survive it. The book also contains a 12 page Editor's Introduction, by Naomi Foyle, setting Palestinian poetry in its historical and political context, and offering critical appreciations of each of the poets included.

Ashraf Fayadh and Dareen Tatour are, or have been, imprisoned, respectively in Saudi Arabia and Israel, on charges relating to their poetry. A percentage of the receipts of this book will be donated to support their legal fees.

Translators: Josh Calvo, Katharine Halls, Anna Murison, Sarah Maguire, Raphael Cohen, Tariq Al Haydar, Andrew Leber, Wejdan Shamala, Waleed Al-Bazoon, Ahmed Taha and Naomi Foyle.

Cover image: Belal Khaled

Publication Type: Books
Uncontrolled Keywords: Palestine, Palestinian Poetry, Poetry in Translation, Arabic poetry 21st century
Subjects: J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PJ Semitic
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1010 Poetry
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Arts and Humanities > English and Creative Writing
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Depositing User: Naomi Foyle
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2021 08:22
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/4480

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