Voice Over: a nomadic conversation with Mahmoud Darwish

Voice Over: a nomadic conversation with Mahmoud Darwish


Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian poet (1941 - nine August 2008), used to be a pal. i used to be on Gorée Island whilst I realized of his dying through the process an open-heart intervention in Houston, the United States. We have been jointly a number of weeks previous in Arles, the south of France. Even at midday the lobby of the lodge the place we stayed used to be as though tired of sunshine via nightfall. He knew how critical his was once – it was once both the very dicy operation or the opportunity of loss of life at any second from an exploding aorta - and with an ironic smile he speculated approximately his probabilities of survival. That evening, because the sunlight used to be environment in a yellow flood over the traditional outside Roman theater and as birds all started making a song the collected sweetness of a summer’s day, he publicly learn one final time from his paintings. The poems have been shot via by means of an ongoing dialog with dying. instantly after his passing, i began writing the above sequence as fragments of a continual discussion. In West Africa it used to be then the onset of the wet season relocating north, the ‘petit hivernage,’ whilst black-blue clouds may skitter and shut the skies. . . .The trip maintains and the dialog will stick with it, within the try to search for Mahmoud Darwish one of the words.

Breyten Breytenbach
New York, December 2008

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