April Poetry Dare – Week 1

This April, in honor of National Poetry Month, I accepted a poetry dare from TweetSpeakPoetry: to read a poem every day of the month and share it with my friends. I opted for the challenge of reading a single poet per week, alternating between historical and contemporary poets.

Here’s a day-by-day list of what I read during week 1. Learn more about my chosen poet, Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008), here.

Day 1 – “No More and No Less” by Mahmoud Darwish, Tran. Fady Joudah

“and I write tomorrow
on yesterday’s sheets:…”

Day 2 – “To a Young Poet” by Mahmoud Darwish, Tran. Fady Joudah

“Don’t believe our outlines, forget them
and begin from your own words.”

Day 3 – “Who Am I, Without Exile?” by Mahmoud Darwish, Tran. Fady Joudah

carries me or makes me carry an idea: not longing
and not promise. What will I do?…”

Day 4 – “To Our Land” by Mahmoud Darwish, Tran. Fady Joudah

“To our land,
and it is the one far from the adjectives of nouns,
the map of absence”

Day 5 – “A Noun Sentence” by Mahmoud Darwish, Tran. Fady Joudah

“…A noun sentence: my wounded joy
like the sunset at your strange windows.”

Day 6 – “I Belong There” by Mahmoud Darwish, Tran. Carolyn Forché and Munir Akash

“I have learned and dismantled all the words in order to draw from them a
single word: Home.”


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The author of Snark on the Side is not your average run-of-the-millennial generation. Jen is a contradiction in terms: a graceful klutz, a smart blond, a math-savvy English degree-holder, a southern liberal, and an adult amateur equestrian who doesn’t match her saddle pads. Snark on the Side is a work in progress, born out of years of rambling email newsletters and anthropomorphized Christmas letters, small town observations, and the ever-present irony of pursuing a career with a degree in English literature. Thanks for visiting!

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