Unfortunately it was paradise book read 30 reviews from the worlds largest community for readers mahmoud darwish is the somewhat official poet laureate of palestine and his recent selected poems unfortunately it was paradise is a dynamic lyric voice full of wild imagery mixed with the fury of scripture his voice is calm poverty in a . This book is a translation of darwishs poems and unfortunately it did not catch that paradise of their original language you can pick up the book read it and understand it but you will not get the idea he is a top poet but he is very much he is. Unfortunately it was paradise offers poems rooted in ancient traditions that map his voyage as a palestinian and poet equally problematic identities deserving of more prominence in a literary scene still accustomed to eurocentricity darwish is to be read with urgency in the night when nothing else moves but his lines village voice. These translations of mahmoud darwishs marvelous poems reveal the lifelong development of a major world poet the book is a gift to other poets and lovers of poetry its also an important contribution to current and future discourse on culture and politics adrienne rich author of fox poems 1996 2000at this critical moment in world relations cultural creative projects feel more . Mahmoud darwish is a literary rarity critically acclaimed as one of the most important poets in the arabic language and beloved as the voice of his people he is an artist demanding of his work continual transformation and a living legend whose lyrics are sung by fieldworkers and schoolchildren
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