Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Mahmoud Darwish Wins Golden Wreath Award
Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish won this year's Golden Wreath Award. Former winners of this award, given by the poetry evenings of Struga in Macedonia, include Pablo Neruda, Alan Ginsberg, W. H. Auden, Yehuda Amichai, and Adonis. (in Arabic)
Darwish concludes his address to the awarding festival with these words:
"I never dreamt of receiving this honor, of accepting your venerated prize: the Golden Wreath, thus joining the register of poets who have been my mentors. I consider it an honor to Arab poetry and an expression of moral support of the right of my country, Palestine, to join the family of free and independent nations."
It's been a long time since Palestinians got any good news. Darwish brought us some today.
Oh,yes, before I forget, a unity government has been agreed on and will be announced soon. I personally know two people in it, so it can't be all that bad.
(To read some of Darwish poems or hear him recite them, click on the "Mahmoud Darwish" tag at bottom of this post).