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“Eleven Planets” is the latest Italian collection of poems by Mahmoud Darwish, the Palestinian poet par excellence. Published in Italy by
Jouvence, the book was written in 1992, a year that is repeated over and over again in the work. The key concept of the book, however, is exile, present in each poem and with different nuances.
“Soon we will look for what our History was alongside your History in distant countries, and we will ask ourselves at the end: Where was Andalusia? Here or there … on earth … or in a poem?
Exile does not erase the memory
In the second part of the work, the poet returns to remember with pride the origins of his people, as old as the myth and yet devastated for its goodness. Darwish appeals to
The last two poems “The winter of Rita” and “A horse for the foreigner”, instead, reflect on different conditions of exile. The first is that of a love destined to be as beautiful as it is conditioned by the final word, the second that of a poet destined to abandon
“… My friend, on earth there is no chance left for poetry,
but in poetry is there still a possibility for the land after Iraq?
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