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Mahmoud Darwish, the great Palestinian poet, passed away on Saturday 9
August, 2008, following complications after major heart surgery in
Houston, Texas. He was just 67. He never stopped writing and performing his poetry, which has inspired thousands upon thousands of people of all ages and nationalities, and will surely continue to inspire them. He is one of the most renowned, respected and loved poets of today's world, a poetic giant who became the voice of Palestine, of Palestinian loss and exile, and in later years its voice of conscience.
It is very difficult to write the words that he is no more, this beautiful human being who gave of his craft, his imagination, his lyricism, his understanding, his tolerance and his courage to all who listened to him.