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Samih AI-Qasim
Samih Al-Qasim (1939-2014) was born in 1939 in the Emirate of Transjordan (now Jordan), in the northern city of Zarqa, while his father served in the Arab Legion of King Abdullah. He came from a Druze family from the town of Rameh in the Upper Galilee. Al-Qasim attended primary school there and then later graduated from secondary school in Nazareth. His family did not flee Rameh during the Palestinian exodus of 1948 (Nakba). In his book About Principles and Art, he explains: While I was still at primary school the Palestinian tragedy occurred. I regard that date as the date of my birth, because the first images I can remember are of the 1948 events. My thoughts and images spring from the number 48 Samih al-Qasim was the author of over 30 books of poetry, several novels, and collections of plays, essays and criticism. His work has been translated into many languages, and editions of his collected poems have been published in Beirut and Cairo.


  • From: After the Apocalypse - A poem  - Vol.4 No.1 1997
  • Three Poems  - Vol.14 No.3 2007
  • From Sadder Than Water  - Vol.18 No.23 2012
  • Ashes  - Vol.23 No.23 2018

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