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Tawfiq Zayyad

Tawfiq Zayyad
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Tawfiq Ziad (Arabic: توفيق زيّاد‎, Hebrew: תאופיק זיאד‎, also spelt Tawfik Zayyad or Tawfeeq Ziad, 7 May 1929 – 5 July 1994) was a Palestinian politician well known for his "poetry of protest".[1]
Born in the Galilee, Ziad studied literature in USSR.[2] After returning home, he was elected mayor of Nazareth on 9 December 1973, as head of Palestine 48 Rakah, a communist party, a victory that is said to have "surprised and alarmed" Israelis.[3]
Elected to the Knesset in the 1973 elections on Rakah's list, Ziad was active in pressuring the Israeli government to change its policies towards Arabs - both those inside Israel and in the occupied Palestinian territories.... more »

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  • Gazi saiful Islam (11/15/2019 2:46:00 AM)

    I'm going to translate these poems for new book

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  • Christoph Rinneberg (4/1/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    I'm awaiting your offen for that book, preferably in german.

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Best Poem of Tawfiq Zayyad

Pagan Fires

At our ease
We take the thread of light
From the knots of darkness,
Tend the nursery of dreams,
Cool the burning sand
With shadows of palm trees, and
For the bastards prepare a platter
Like the moon. If one day we stumble
Our roots will stand us straight
At our ease
We learn the industry
Of ants!

We do not flicker briefly
Like matches; we burn
Like pagan fires
Our breath is as large
As the horizon.
And at our ease
We lead the capricious horse
Of History.

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