Dreams of Darwish

I was very upset to have missed Mahmoud Darwish‘s appearance in Morocco last week. (In my defense, I should say that the organizers had originally listed him as reading in Casablanca, and then moved him to Rabat at the last minute and I couldn’t make arrangements to go.) I feel horrible to have missed him. Who knows when an opportunity to hear him might come again?

By the way, Copper Canyon Press is publishing a translation by Fady Joudah of three recent works by Darwish, under the title The Butterfly’s Burden. And here’s the best part: The volume is bilingual, so you can feast on the Arabic as well as the English. Get your copy. Now.