Spring 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 2009 |

In the Hurricane’s Eye: On “The Butterfly’s Burden”

The Butterfly's Burden by Mahmoud Darwish. Translated by Fady Joudah. Port Townsend, WA: Copper Canyon Press, 2006. 327 pages. $20.00   Contemporary poets in the United States seem to find themselves suspended between Walt Whitman—sprawling, public, ecstatic—and Emily Dickinson—hermetic, interior, controlled. You could choose a side, you could be half one half the other, or you could even claim both in the same body and to make a break for new ground. Mahmoud Darwish is a singular figure in world poetry. One of the most prominent literary voices of Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora, he writes poetry of the highest and most intense quality—poetry that embodies epic and lyric both, deeply symbolic, intensely emotional. Palestinian American poet Fady Joudah has translated three full collections of Darwish’s later work, collected as The Butterfly’s Burden and published by Copper Canyon Press. This new translation joins only a few other American publications o

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Kazim Ali
Kazim Ali’s most recent book of poetry is Sky Ward (Wesleyan, 2013). His other recent books include a book of essays, Resident Alien (Michigan, 2015) and a collection of short fiction, Uncle Sharif’s Life in Music (Sibling Rivalry, 2016). He is an associate professor of creative writing and comparative literature at Oberlin College.

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