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Born: 1941-03-13
Profession: Poet
Nation: Palestinian
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A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.

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Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.

Tags: Beauty, Peace, Poetry

Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be an exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room.

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For the Arabs in Israel there is always a tension between nationality and identity.

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History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor.

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I am not a lover of Israel, of course. I have no reason to be. But I don't hate Jews.

Tags: Hate, Israel, Reason

I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.

Tags: Light, Poetry, Power

I don't decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory.

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I never wanted children; maybe I'm afraid of responsibility.

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I see poetry as spiritual medicine.

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I've built my homeland, I've even founded my state - in my language.

Tags: Homeland, Language, State

Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism.

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Palestinian people are in love with life.

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Sarcasm helps me overcome the harshness of the reality we live, eases the pain of scars and makes people smile.

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The Arabs are ready to accept a strong Israel with nuclear arms - all it has to do is open the gates of its fortress and make peace.

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The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.

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The metaphor for Palestine is stronger than the Palestine of reality.

Tags: Palestine, Reality, Stronger

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.

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When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book.

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When I passed the age of 50, I learned how to control my emotions.

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Without hope we are lost.

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Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by.

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Some people ask, 'How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?' I say, 'My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.'

Tags: Change, Poetry, Trust

Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She's not a symbol.

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The Palestinians are the only nation in the world that feels with certainty that today is better than what the days ahead will hold. Tomorrow always heralds a worse situation.

Tags: Nation, Today, Tomorrow