Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She’s not a symbol.
History laughs at both the victim and the aggressor.
When I passed the age of 50, I learned how to control my emotions.
The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.
Some people ask, ‘How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?’ I say, ‘My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.’
When a writer declares that his first book is his best, that is bad. I progress successively from book to book.
A person can only be born in one place. However, he may die several times elsewhere: in the exiles and prisons, and in a homeland transformed by the occupation and oppression into a nightmare.