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.
Come with me tonight so that we might make tonight a shared past, says the one afflicted with longing. I will come with you to make a shared tomorrow, says the one afflicted with love. She does not love the past and wants to forget the war that has ended. He fears tomorrow, because the war has not ended and he does not want to grow older.
When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book.
To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.
The metaphor for Palestine is stronger than the Palestine of reality.