Faculty Publication: Review of Exhausted on the Cross

Keija Parssinen, Assistant Professor of English, has published a book review of Exhausted on the Cross by Najwan Darwish in the Spring 2021 issue of World Literature Today. It is available in its entirety online.

image shows Journal issue cover page of drawing of person of color


In Najwan Darwish’s unflinching new collection of poems, Exhausted on the Cross, we witness a poet in conflict with his calling, conversing with bards across the ages as he struggles with the burdens of his craft. Some of that struggle, such as a sense of alienation from family and friends or the pains of empathy, is universal to the artist, while other aspects remain particular to Darwish, as a Palestinian scribe. His is a double weariness; it is not only Darwish the Palestinian who hangs exhausted on the cross but also Darwish the poet, who has discovered the cost of being a man mourning the entire world, as he describes the titular poet in the sly, arresting “The Appearances of Taha Muhammad Ali.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: