Can we define courage? Does it intersect all the time with ethics and legitimacy? What does modern history tell us about it? What makes the efficiency of some courageous acts drop to the least possible value some- times? Can traditions be a driving force behind courage? And how is courage directed in the Palestinian community? Mazen Maarouf will highlight some answers to these questions referring also to his status as a poet and journalist who has published several articles criticizing the Palestinian attitude related to the cause of Palestine and taking part through his writings in supporting the revolutions in the Middle East.
Mazen Maarouf (b. 1978) is a Palestinian poet and writer. His articles are published in newspapers and jour- nals in Lebanon, London, and Paris. He has published three books of poetry: “An Angel Suspended on the Clothesline” (Beirut, 2012), “The Camera Doesn’t Capture Birds” (1st ed in 2004, 2nd ed in 2010), and “Our Grief Resembling Bread” (Beirut, 2000). He took part in several international poetry readings in Lebanon, Scotland, France, Sweden, and Iceland. Some of his poems have been translated in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Maltese, Icelandic, Chinese, Malay, and Urdu. Maarouf currently lives in exile in Iceland.