The 13th of March is the day of Palestinian National Culture, which was declared to mark the Anniversary Birthday of Mamoud Darwish. He is a poet who gave his national culture a universal dimensions.
“Love is like concepts on the open road, but it is, like poetry, difficult. Talent, endurance, skilled creation, heed it because of it many degrees” said Darwish in his unique book Absent Presence. This great poet gained his rank while taming creativity, and achieved his creativity while seeking freedom. Because of all this, Darwish admired Ibraheem Toqan and followed his steps, read Ahmed Shawqe’s poetry and added to it what he wanted and pondered on poetry through its various times and added to it perfectly. He believed in the poetry issue and figured that the real poet should be father of his ancestors, learns from them and corrects what they missed in the subsequent time.
Poetry issue, in Darwish’s eyes, is nothing but the human issue, to whom the poems are directed, because poetry is a defense for freedom and it is a skillful wording that defend the oppressed and it’s also an invitation to a dream which can be achieved by a dreamier after a while. Because of that, we find Darwish talking about “absurdity of the self- sufficient art,” and writing that kind of poetry which defends Palestinians and follows the example of the "Speech of the Red Indian". Besides, he interviews "A soldier Dreaming of White Lilies." In his poetry, there was a desire to reform the world, away from the duality of victory and defeat, hatred and opposite hatred and without having interest in intolerant closed identities which justify the control of people over another and see the backwardness and tyranny as substitute for openness and enlightenment.
Darwish Expanded the horizons of his poetry, celebrating the human before geography and the noble humanitarian values which underline religions and ethnicities, ending with a universal poem which supports poetry, its audience and its great values which talk about love, beauty and peace. He became a unique memory for both the poetic history and Palestine in reconciliation between the ultra dimension and the poetic fantasy which denies restrictions. He wrote about a land where "stones get foliate," about March in Palestine, which celebrates the land and expels the "shadows of invaders," the refugee camp, inhabited by the refugee "Ahmed Az-Za’tar." By his poem, he besieged the siege and believed in the power of hope.
In his poetry, Darwish brought three together: his life as a Palestinian scattered between exile and occupied homeland, his life as a poet born in Al-Birweh and spread his poetic voice all over the world, and his life as a poet with a noble issue that has two faces: The first is well shown when looking at the massacres of kufur Qasem, Tal Az-Za’tar and Jenin Refugee Camp; and the second is the natural reaction of terrorism, represented by resistance, creativity, hope and the heroism of survival.
He preserved both the audience’s demands and the dignity of poetry. His unique voice and his people’s voice were united together to tell about Palestinian cause as well about him.
These reasons and values are behind the establishment of Mahmoud Darwish Award for creativity.
Dr. Faisal Darraj