Mahmoud Darwish, a widely admired Palestinian poet, was the author of more than thirty books of poetry and prose. He died in August, at age sixty-seven. (September 2008)

IN THE REVIEW

I Can Speak About Love

And I can speak about love, about trees on a road that leads to others’ goals, and to the weather conditions in other countries. I offer the city pigeons a fistful of wheat and listen to my neighbor’s noise dig under my skin And I …

Viewpoint

The difference between narcissus and sunflower is a point of view: the first stares at his image in water and says, there is no I but I and the second looks at the sun and says I am what I worship. And …