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The Story of a People

An Anthology of Palestinian Poets within the Green-Lines- Edited and translated by Jamal Assadi- With Assistance from Simon Jacobs

Edited By Jamal Assadi

The Story of a People is the sixth in a series of volumes on Palestinian writers who compel into unity the contradictions of being Israeli citizens as well as sons and daughters of the Palestinian people. This volume contains the works of forty poets, and offers a variety of themes, styles, contexts, imagery, tones, and language.
The poets, arranged alphabetically, depict a faithful picture of the various aspects of Arab life among what is called, paradoxically, Israeli-Palestinian societies. They present new arenas where opposing factors harmoniously join to struggle for dignity, freedom, and justice. Readers of this volume will encounter serious poems strewn with light and humorous themes and poems of sensual and spiritual love interwoven with poems of the unusual and political. These Israeli- Palestinian poets’ distinctive flavor emerges from their ability to challenge norms, fight oppression, and burst open closed doors to tell their own stories – the stories of their plight, alienation, marginalization, and hopes and dreams – in a new magnified voice, first to their community, then to their people and nation, then to their country, and now to the wider English-speaking public.

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Fahd Abū Khadrah (b.1939) Abū Khadrah was born in Rayna, Galilee in 1939. He finished his Ph. D. at the Hebrew University. He worked as a lecturer at Haifa Univer-sity and the Arab College for Teacher Education in Haifa. He wrote many volumes of poetry and critical studies. From The Letters of the Fourteenth Disciple: I Teach You Now I teach you now what you have not learnt before I open the doors of my voice as well as yours, Of my silence as well as yours, For the faithful and for the adults. No, turning your back on the sunset will never be a tactic Rather than a way of refusal, And refusal is the starting line, The line of progress toward the east, toward the west, Toward anywhere The secret of life lifts its song And rises within assadi.indd 24 28/10/11 1:21 PM Fahd Abū Khadrah 25 Like all the sunsets the eyes do not see And no, what is gone shall never be again. No. What happened yesterday shall never be repeated. This time is a new time And leadership will be delivered to those who are able, To those who know the details, all the details, Before the process, after the process. This way and that, deception has a path To what they call victory, For those who do not see a bright morning Darkness appears on the way. But it is impossible, impossible That unfairness become justice, That all seductions sit upon thrones And...

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