Poets in the Middle East are often held in high regard, and many achieve a level of celebrity and authority not common in the West. Tonight, in recognition of Israel’s 60th anniversary, Jeffrey Brown has an encore report on the lives of Israeli and Palestinian poets. Continue reading
Samih al-Qasim was born in 1939 in Zarqa, Jordan. He grew up in the village of Rama in northern Palestine and was a leading figure of the “resistance poets” of the 1950s. He has written more than thirty books of poetry, several novels, collections of plays and essays.
Poets in the Arab world have historically been important cultural figures, and this tradition continues among Palestinians. In the second of his reports on Middle East poetry, Jeffrey Brown discusses poetry’s role in Arab society with three leading Palestinian poets. Continue reading