Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me: And Other Poems (The Margellos World Republic of Letters) (Paperback)

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By Ghassan Zaqtan, Fady Joudah (Translated by)
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A stirring collection of recent work by a leading poet of the Arab world, superbly translated for English-language readers

In this inspired translation of Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me, Ghassan Zaqtan's tenth and most recent poetry collection,along with selected earlier poems, Fady Joudah brings to English-language readers the best work by one of the most important and original Palestinian poets of our time. With these poems Zaqtan enters new terrain, illuminating the vision of what Arabic poetry in general and Palestinian poetry in particular are capable of. Departing from the lush aesthetics of such celebrated predecessors as Mahmoud Darwish and Adonis, Zaqtan's daily, delicate narrative, whirling catalogues, and at times austere aesthetics represent a new trajectory, a significant leap for young Arabic poets today.

In his preface to the volume, Joudah analyzes and explores the poet's body of work. "Ghassan Zaqtan's poems, in their constant unfolding," Joudah writes, "invite us to enter them, exit them, map and unmap them, code and decode them, fill them up and empty them, with the living and nonliving, the animate and inanimate, toward a true freedom."

About the Author


Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan is the author of ten collections of poetry. He is also a novelist, editor, playwright, and journalist. Fady Joudah is a practicing physician of internal medicine and an award-winning poet and translator. He lives in Houston, TX.
 
Product Details
ISBN: 9780300198409
ISBN-10: 030019840X
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication Date: October 22nd, 2013
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: The Margellos World Republic of Letters