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The Tent Generations: Palestinian Poems


ISBN: 9781909942776

Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Banipal Books, 2022
Language: English

The Tent Generations: Palestinian Poems gathers together works by a select number of Palestinian Poets, over the past seven decades, that give expression to the Palestinian experience under Israeli rule and Israeli occupation, as well as the experience of dispersion and displacement from their homeland following the Nakba – the 1948 Arab-Israeli War – and the subsequent wars of 1967 and 1973.

The poems illuminate Palestinian responses to these tragic conflicts and wars that contributed to the loss of homeland, to life under Israeli military rule and occupation, and the fragmentation and ruin of society and community. The poets in this collection span and represent different generations and narratives, different backgrounds, and different locations, some of whose voices have not been heard previously in English, and, by and large, others whose works are not previously translated into English.

Although The Tent Generations: Palestinian Poems cannot resolve the deep contradictions and disagreements that divide Palestinians and Israelis today, Mohammed Sawaie shows in this collection how these poets give their words freedom to describe their relationship to the Palestinian people, their homeland, and the presence of an Israeli occupier in their midst.

Selected, introduced and translated from the Arabic by Mohammed Sawaie.

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