browse engage about us donate
last name title topic
cart 0 items
sign in
browse books
browse authors
browse broadsides
download catalog
The Silence That Remains
Ghassan Zaqtan
$18.00 paperback
978-1-55659-514-1
Add to cart
The Silence That Remains
Selected Poems
Ghassan Zaqtan

As a child, Ghassan Zaqtan lived in a refugee camp near the River Jordan. While that painful experience deeply influenced his poetry, when Zaqtan was awarded the prestigious Griffin International Prize, the judges noted: “His words turn dark into light, hatred into love, death into life. His magic leads us to the clearing where hope becomes possible, where healing begins across individuals, countries, races.”

When interviewed by PBS for their special on Palestinian poets, Zaqtan said, “I am not the kind of person who will walk in front of the demonstration. I walk behind the demonstration in order to collect the small things that may fall, whether it’s the handkerchief or a child's backpack or a purse.”

This generous volume represents two decades of incandescent creativity.

facebook email this book to a friend
post your own comments
   
Post a review for The Silence That Remains

This feature requires that you first log in (or create an account if you do not already have one).
Click here to login or create an account. You will be returned here automatically.

reviews
For The Silence That Remains, Ghassan Zaqtan

“What does poetry do? Nothing and everything, like air, water, soil, like birds, fish, trees, like love, spirit, our daily words … It lives with us, in and outside us, everywhere, all the time, and yet, we are too often oblivious of this gift. It’s a poet’s job to bring this gift out and back, this gift that makes us human again. And Mr. Zaqtan has done it. His poetry awakens the spirits buried deep in the garden, in our hearts, in the past, present and future." —Griffin International Award, judges' citation

“Zaqtan is not only the most important Palestinian poet alive, but one of the most important poets of our time, embodying in various sophisticated and cosmopolitan forms of expression depths of feeling, complexity, compassion, and witness beyond compare.”—Lawrence Joseph

“[Zaqtan] examines states of being in quotidian life with the patience and care of a jeweler." —Arts Fuse

“The poet’s trade is exile, and a Palestinian poet’s trade thus a double exile: Ghassan Zaqtan’s work is exemplary in that its lyrical intensity simultaneously hides and foregrounds." —Nomadic Poetics

Privacy & Security   Conditions of Use   Help   Author Login   Contact Us   877.501.1393    © 2017 Copper Canyon Press    Website by Golden Lasso