Khaled Mattawa on Mahmood Darwish

Via Electronic Intifada: An accessible look at Darwish’s life and work, at long last Sarah Irving The Electronic Intifada 1 July 2014 Mahmoud Darwish(APA images) It is hard to talk about modern Palestinian culture without mentioning Mahmoud Darwish. The late Palestinian “poet laureate,” one of the greatest poets writing in Arabic in the twentieth century, Darwish’s brilliance looms large, six years after his death. It is surprising, then, that until … Read more Khaled Mattawa on Mahmood Darwish

Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi

The L.A. Times on 10/15 printed on its “Opinion” page a poem by Libyan-American poet Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi. Below, the opening lines; you can read the whole work here. After 42 years By Khaled Mattawa  Five years old when the dictator took over in a coup — curfew shut our city down Bloodless coup, they said — The many who thought this could be good. The … Read more Khaled Mattawa on the overthrow of Qaddafi