|Fady Joudah has
translated Ghassan Zaqtan's
Like a Straw Bird It follows Me (Yale Press,
2011) into English. He won the Yale Younger Poets Award for
his first book of his own poetry. His own 2nd
poetry collection, Alight, was released by Copper Canyon Press
Ghassan Zaqtan is one of the most prominent Palestinian
poets writing today. He has written ten collections of
poetry and two novels. His work has been translated into
several languages. Like a Straw Bird It Follows Me is the
first translation of his work into English..
DEAD IN THE GARDEN
open the window
donít wake up
I beg you donít wake upÖ
they were dancing on the garden grass
as if they were the gardenís motive
or its meditation
and they were screaming there
Beneath the light
their dust was coming apart
it had rained at night
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