This statement was sent to me by Khaled Furani, professor of Anthropology at Tel Aviv University, a dear friend of mine and of the late Benjamin Hollander. Khaled is the author of the utterly brilliant Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry (Stanford University Press, 2012). In the words of Etel Adnan “Silencing the Sea is good news: It ironically speaks of the redemptive power of the human word, as fractured as it can be, as opposed to the Divine word’s overwhelming power. It engages the battle for secularism that Arab poets, in particular, are leading, as it is for them, and their societies, an existential and crucial issue. Furani follows their meandering poems, and thoughts, through strengths and imperfections, while answering implicitly Hölderlin’s famous question: ‘What are poets for in these destitute times?’

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