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Volume 7, Issue 5 (2009) "If I touch the depths of your heart … ": The Human Promise of Poetry in Memories of Mahmoud Darwish


Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), one of the greatest contemporary Arab and world poets, was born in Palestine. His family fled in 1948 when Israeli forces attacked his village. He lived in Israel and Lebanon, studied in Moscow and worked in Paris as editor-in-chief of the literary journal AlKarmel. He published more than thirty volumes of poetry and eight books of prose and was regarded as Palestine’s Poet Laureate.

This special 2009 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge is dedicated to the theme “If I touch the depths of your heart”: The Human Promise of Poetry in Memories of Mahmoud Darwish. A collective of dedicated co-editors at UMass Boston comprised of (alphabetically) Anna D. Beckwith (Sociology), Elora Chowdhury (Women’s Studies), Leila Farsakh (Political Science), Askold Melnyczuk (English), Erica Mena (UMass Boston Alumni), Dorothy Nelson (English), Joyce Peseroff (English), and Rajini Srikanth (English), dedicated much of their time, love, and attention to realizing this special issue in collaboration with the journal editor as a parting gift from Mahmoud Darwish—a gift not only to readers, but also a gift to one another, of keeping a wonderful and engaging conversation with one another for many months.

Editor's Notes

Articles

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The Candle
Winston Langley

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For Gaza
Martha Collins

 

Hoopoe
Mahmoud Darwish

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A River Dies of Thirst
Mahmoud Darwish

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Assassination
Mahmoud Darwish

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Nero
Mahmoud Darwish

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The Enemy
Mahmoud Darwish

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The House as Casualty
Mahmoud Darwish

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The Rest of A Life
Mahmoud Darwish

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If We Want To
Mahmoud Darwish

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Truth
Dorothy Shubow Nelson

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Darwish Sits In
Robert Lipton

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American Idols
Joyce Peseroff

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Wreck
Fady Joudah

Editors

Issue Co-Editors (alphabetical)
Anna D. Beckwith, UMass Boston
Elora Chowdhury, UMass Boston
Leila Farsakh, UMass Boston
Askold Melnyczuk, UMass Boston
Erica Mena, UMass Boston and University of Iowa
Dorothy Shubow Nelson, UMass Boston
Joyce Peseroff, UMass Boston
Rajini Srikanth, UMass Boston
Journal Editor
Mohammad H. Tamdgidi, University of Massachusetts Boston