Guadalajara, Jal., Poetry is a type of exile,
it is a way out of oneself, which is not necessarily bad, but a way of understanding the human conditionsaid the Arab poet Najwan Darwish yesterday, in the presentation of his collection of poems exhausted on the cross at the International Book Fair (FIL) of Guadalajara.
Also a journalist and critic born in Jerusalem told this newspaper that the word exile is
beautiful, and the poets like it.
He remembered two memorable banishments, that of Adam and Eve, and that of Odin.
The cruelty of this exile is that the relationship between the person and their environment is severed. It seems that exiling someone from their natural context or environment is like exiling them from themselves..
He added that in his case the
relationship with the word exile is very specific. I come from a country that has been occupied by a colonial empire, and we have more than 6 million Palestinian refugees in the world. Even when you live in your country, you are exiled there. This concept is not something cultural, it is concrete, it is an everyday experience.
In contrast, he added that saying that
poetry is a home is a cliché discovered a few years agoinstead, is
build and deconstruct at the same time. The balance between the two is a natural process.
He mentioned that
many times poets want to talk about themselves, but I think that these discussions about poetry go against it. The worst thing in the world is a poet talking about his poetry.
The literary genre that develops, Darwish explained,
it is itself a struggle with language and with existence. You are not sure if you have a pure or new look; that too is an invention of the poet. Poets talk about their wishes about poetry, but the reality is different from what the poem is..
Regarding the title of the poem, Exhausted on the cross, explained:
For me, Jesus, beyond religious meanings, is Palestinian and therefore belongs to me and I belong to him because we are from the same land. I see it in my people and I see my people in Jesus. I think our fight in Palestine is his fight. Beyond any religious position, he fought for freedom, social justice. Those are the things I see in Jesus.
In the prologue to the work, Raúl Zurita states that Darwish’s work “puts us again and again in front of the contours of something immemorial, almost unspeakable, which tells us that poetry is above all solidarity and compassion for every detail of the world: for that specific bread and oil, for that eternity of breakfast, for that land with its ‘graves near the river’”.