Mahmoud Darwish Wanted to Be a Poet, Not a Symbol of Palestinian Nationalism

Are his works really, as Avigdor Lieberman labeled them, ‘fuel for terrorism?’

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“I am a worker of metaphors; not a worker of symbols. I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light. Poetry can be a real bastard. It distorts. It has the...