In this installment, we’re sharing two poems in translation from the groundbreaking anthology of Palestinian Poetry A Blade of Grass edited by Naomi Foyle and published by Smokestack Books in November 2017. A Blade of Grass brings together, in English and Arabic, new work by poets from the Occupied West Bank and Gaza, from the Palestinian diaspora, and from within the disputed borders of Israel. It celebrates the flourishing cultural resistance of the Palestinian people. These poems bear witness to catastrophe and to the powerful determination to survive it.
The two featured poets from this excerpt are Farid Bitar (also a translator) and Dareen Tatour, translated by Tariq Al Haydar. A special note on Dareen Tatour: she is one of two imprisoned poets (together with Ashraf Fayadh), in Israel and Saudi Arabia respectively, on charges relating to their poetry. We’re very proud to feature Tatour’s work.
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—Claudia Serea and Loren Kleinman