Before There Is Nowhere to Stand
Palestine Israel: Poets Respond to the Struggle
Edited by Grace Beeler and Joan Dobbie
Introduction by Alicia Ostriker
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Appalled by the violence of Israel's Operation Cast Lead against Gaza in 2008-09, Joan Dobbie and her niece Grace Beeler, descendants of Holocaust survivors, issued a call for poems by writers of "Palestinian or Jewish heritage . . . for an anthology that strives for understanding . . . in the belief that poetry can create understanding and understanding can dull hatred."
- Published: 2012
- Subject Listing: Literary Studies
- Bibliographic information: 220 pp., 5.5 x 8.5 in.
- Distributed for: Lost Horse Press
This book is a tribute to resourceful imaginations. Its purpose is to give readers an occasion to perceive the aspirations and passions of those whose lives have been affected by the struggle - in Joseph Conrad's words, "to make you hear, to make you feel - it is, before all, to make you see."
The poems are arranged in seven sections, each dealing with an attribute or phase of the Palestine-Israel struggle. When possible, selections alternate between Jewish and Arab authors, effecting dissonance in subject, emphasis, and attitude - an uneasy multiculturalism.
"At this time in history, nothing could be more important than the voices of poets who fulfill a noble intention. War is in the headlines and on the news. These poets are the connective tissue of the hearts and souls involved."
-Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books, Fall 2012