We are reading first 50 pages of Memory for Forgetfulness by Mahmoud Darwish (first 50 pages of the pdf). To be exact, the last page ends in this line: “And for the poor to grow poorer.”
Please read this beautiful poetic piece and bring your copies to class and be prepared to discuss it so we can avoid yawning. I will be curious to hear about your favorite passages, which will not hopefully all reside in the first couple of pages. Meaning, read the whole thing. I assume most probably you have experienced living through a war, but this piece gives us a perspective of what goes on within human mind and the environment ravaged by senseless destruction.
In response write a “prose poem” (Minimum 200 words) to express your emotional reflection on this piece. You can also pick a specific passage and reflect on it. In case you decide to do the latter, please copy and paste the passage which you were inspired by. Word count for your writing does not include the quote.
You can do a bit of research about prose poem, but we have certainly read likes of it Natalie Diaz’s book: “The Last Mojave Indian Barbie” & “A Woman with No Legs”. Here is another example of prose poem which lives as an installation piece in High Line.
Definition: Prose Poem is a piece of writing in prose having obvious poetic qualities, including intensity, compactness, prominent rhythms, and imagery.
Have a great weekend and I’m looking forward to reading your pieces.