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Abstract

This is an editor's note to the Special 2009 issue of Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge in commemoration of Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), the Palestinian National Poet. The issue is titled "If I touch the depths of your heart…": The Human Promise of Poetry in Memories of Mahmoud Darwish." Besides providing an overview and appreciation of the contributions in the volume, the editor notes: "The basic gift that I personally take out of publishing this special issue and its considerable peer reviewing experience, one that I call Darwish's parting gift to me, co-editors and contributors in this volume, I think, is that poetry is not just about writing, but also about reading it, about the art of listening as well, to be able to reach out and let the message touch one's heart. The Palestinian challenge and cause, in their essence, is about not only telling, but also listening to oneself and to the other. That, it seems to me, is the lesson I am taking from this experience, thanks to all the considerable efforts made by all the coeditors and the voices of all the contributors."

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