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Friday, July 20, 2007
Mahmoud Darwish Interview: "The Aesthetics of Despair"
"Do you know what the difference is between a general and a poet? The general counts the number of dead among the enemy on the battlefield, whereas the poet counts how many living people died in the battle. There is no enmity between the dead. There is one enemy: death. The metaphor is clear. The dead on both sides are no longer enemies."