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This Desert Now
Guernica Editions, Fall 1993
84 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9780920717660
ISBN10: 0920717667
Translated from the French
$15.00 Canada, $15.00 US

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...We started to read aloud, each in turn, from Judith Cowan's translation and my original. Then the miracle occurred: two citizens of this land breaking down word by word ...all the angry pride, the incomprehension, and the dull and stupid soliloquies that have been the distinguishing characteristic of our peoples' history for the last two centuries ... The role of poetry is to bear witness. In times of emergency, that is its primary role. As time passes, it becomes more and more urgent to choose between the light and the darkness. And at this moment of my life, I have chosen the light. - from the Introduction.

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