Art for Hand of War.
Detail from a 1979 poster by Kamal Nicola | Palestine Poster Project Archives

Hand of War

Detail from a 1979 poster by Kamal Nicola | Palestine Poster Project Archives
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We hold war’s hand,
not so that it walks among us,
but it is death,
a bit tardy, we cajole it.

We hold war’s hand,
convinced that this is the last time
it waves catastrophe to us,
since the road is a futile wall,

and the country is searching
for a photograph
of collective sorrow.

 

                                        —Gaza

 

Translated by Fady Joudah

 

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Hosam Maarouf is a Palestinian poet and novelist from Gaza. His poetry collection Death Smells Like Glass was awarded the Mahmoud Darwish Museum prize in 2015. He also writes on literature for various Arabic newspapers.

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