The Arab World and Poetry

Suheir Hammad's Profile on TED

In the past couple of weeks the Arab world has rocked with contraries–tumult and calm, insurrection and passivity, violence and nonviolent resistance. Tunis, Cairo, Tehran, and soon possibly Harare and Sana’a–cities not normally on the radar of Americans–are facing precipitous changes that we hope will be transformative.

Their rallying cry? I’m not referring to the social media, but to poetry. Arrangements for massive protests may have been made via Twitter and Facebook, but it is poetry that captures the heart’s pleas for peace and freedom.

Arabic poetry is not limited to Rumi, fine as he is. I’ve recently discovered Arab-American Suheir Hammad on TED, whose recitation is well worth the few minutes it takes to listen.


About Kathleen McCoy

I'm a poet, a professor, a mother, a wife, a bit of an activist, a lover of the word at Poetry books include Ringing the Changes (Finishing Line Press, 2019), Green and Burning, Glas Agus a Dho (Word Tech, 2016) and More Water Than Words (chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2017). Books are available from the publishers or Amazon, or order from your local bookseller.
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2 Responses to The Arab World and Poetry

  1. s. hammad says:

    thank you.

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