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.'

Mahmoud Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish

Profession: Poet
Nationality: Palestinian

Some suggestions for you :

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

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.

Far away, our dreams have nothing to do with what we do. The wind carries the night, and passes on, aimless.

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

Where can I free myself of the homeland in my body?

Have I had two roads, I would have chosen their third.

My love, I fear the silence of your hands.

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.

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

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

I am here. Anything more than that is rumor and slander.

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.

Words are a homeland.

When the image is identical to reality, the imagination is compelled to be neutral. Therefore let the image of the object lie to the object so we can see what lies beyond the object, and in the light of that vision see what saves us from nothingness.