One Land Many Voices on 08/22/08
Topics include the life and work of the late Mahmoud Darwish, who was considered to be the most important contemporary Arab poet working today. In the words of poet Naomi Shihab Nye. Mr. Darwish is “the Essential Breath of the Palestinian people, the eloquent witness of exile and belonging, exquisitely tuned singer of images that invoke, link, and shine a brilliant light into the world’s whole heart. What he speaks has been embraced by readers around the world – his in an utterly necessary voice, unforgettable once discovered.” His more than twenty poetry books include The Adam of Two Edens, Mural, Why Have you Left the Horse Alone, and Eleven Planets.
The guest is poet and doctor Fady Joudah. The son of Palestinian refugees, Joudah has done two six-month tours with Doctors Without Borders, helping other refugees - one in the Meheba refugee camp in Zambia and another in Darfur.
Hosts Will and Hala also discuss the ships heading to Gaza to break the blockade.