Poetry. Middle Eastern Studies. Translated by Peter Cole, Yahya Hijazi, and Gabriel Levin. Taha Muhammad Ali is a revered Palestinian poet whose work is driven by vivid imagination, disarming humor, and unflinching honesty. As a boy he was exiled from his hometown, but rather than turning to a protest poetry of black-and-white slogans to convey this loss, he has created art of highest order. His poems portray experiences that range from catastrophe to splendor, each preserving an essential human dignity. Born in 1931 in Galilee, Taha Muhammad Ali fled to Lebanon during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. He later slipped back across the border with his family and settled in Nazareth, where he owns and operates a souvenir shop.
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