A River Dies of Thirst - Mahmoud Darwish

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'A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare. Poetry is perhaps what teaches us to nurture the charming illusion: how to be reborn out of ourselves over and over again, and use words to construct a better world, a fictitious world that enables us to sign a pact for a permanent and comprehensive peace ...  with life.'

Mahmoud Darwish acceptance speech for the 2004 Prince Claus Fund Award

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