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Uploaded on Nov 28, 2006
One of our favorite moments at the 11th Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival (September 28-October 1, 2006) was the reading by Taha Muhammad Ali and Peter Cole of Taha's unpublished poem Revenge.
In 1948, Taha fled from Galilee to Lebanon with his family when their village came under heavy bombardment during the Arab-Israeli war. A year later, still a teenager, he slipped back across the border and settled in Nazareth where he still lives, now as an Israeli citizen. When he is not reading and writing poetry, he runs a souvenir shop.
As you will see from the audience reaction at the end, all of us who were there wished the deep humanity of this poem could be shared with the widest possible audience -- and this is a start.