I’m linking to this extraordinary rage-meditation before it gets taken down for whatever “national security” reason: A Palestinian Meditation in a Time of Annihilation: Thirteen Maqams for an Afterlife, by the magnificent Palestinian-American poet/translator and physician Fady Joudah. Thanks to LitHub for making it available, and thanks to Louise Glück, wherever she’s traveling these days, for choosing Joudah’s first book for the Yale Series of Younger Poets competition in 2007.
For anyone interested in the title of Joudah’s lament, here’s a good place to start exploring maqam.
Finally, I hope it’s obvious that Joudah’s lament joins the lament of progressive Israelis in speaking out against the ethnic cleansing of Gaza. The despicable atrocities perpetrated by Hamas on October 7th cannot be an excuse for the even greater atrocities being perpetrated by the corrupt regime of “King Bibi” Netanyahu and its ongoing advocacy of apartheid in the nation of Israel.