So What: New & Selected Poems (with a story) 1971 – 2005

Translator: Peter Cole, Yahya Hijazi, Gabriel Levin Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Place of Publication: Palestine Date of Publication: 2007 ISBN: 1 85224 792 4 Number of Copies: 2 Author: Ali, Taha Muhammad

Taha Muhammad Ali is a celebrated Palestinian poet whose work is driven by a storyteller’s vivid imagination, disarming humour and unflinching honesty. Born in rural Galilee, Muhammad Ali was left without a home when his village was destroyed during the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. Out of this history of shared loss and survival, he has created art of the first order. His poems portray experiences ranging from catastrophe to splendour, all the while preserving an essential human dignity. “Taha Muhammad Ali speaks with an emotional forthrightness and unflinching honesty that at times reminds me of the Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, at times of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai. He writes in a literary Arabic grounded in the vernacular and rooted in local custom…