as curfews broken / guerillas hidden / you join now those who won’t leave / the earth haunt my / sleep who watch my / back whenever i lay. I went to see Salt of This Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr) the other night. And I found myself turning to Suheir Hammad’s breaking poems the next. In her poetry collection breaking poems (), Palestinian American poet Suheir Hammad breaks new ground by introducing to poetry techniques associated.

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Using “break” as a trigger for every poem, Hammad destructs, constructs, and reconstructs the English language for us to hear the sound of a breath, a woman’s hammsd, a land, a culture, falling apart, broken, and put back together again.

Jan 04, Leah rated it it was amazing. Go buy this shit before it sells out. Sugeir62 pages. Hero Sheero rated it it was amazing May 11, Really, the point of the collection thus far for me has been the reassembling of the many selves, in a continuum of war against poor people, against folks of color, against immigrants, against women, and the self is all of these things which cannot be extricated from one another.

Cypher Books December 1, Language: There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Review Breaking Suheif takes on the geographic lines that have bound women for ages and marked their bodies, their selves with the lines of unjust notions of property and exploitation. It’s a headache trying to read and interpret breakinh she is saying.


Breaking Poems

Feb 20, kira rated it it was amazing. Return to Book Page. Dec 26, Nijla Mumin rated it it was amazing.

Used copies of hmamad debut collection of poems, Born Palestinian, Born Black, when available, sell for hundreds of dollars. Hammad undergoes a personal transformation as she finds it impossible to fit into fixed and bounded notions of identity.

See all 4 reviews. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. As the title suggests, the poems in this collection read like messages from the front lines–heavy, measured, parsed, rationed–boiled down to essential information and elemental emotion forged by the raging fury of a battle for survival. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. LeConte rated it it was amazing Mar 08, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. While her previous collections read like galleries of poetic masterpieces, breaking poems is perhaps Hammad’s first conceptualized poetic narrative.

These are poems that inform the dreams of a world breakng honors woman and honors woman speaking her own voice, breaking the bonds of old worlds with bright moments, bright moments, bright moments. She immigrated with her family to Brooklyn, New York, when she was just five years old.

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In fact, the violence in Gaza is a constant topic in her poetry, summoning us to act and react as she evokes images of exploded bodies, rubble in place of homes, and empty stomachs. Like the assassinated Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali’s iconic Handala, Breqking character in breaking poems is both a victim and a witness to this terror. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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Please read our full comment policy for details. I find absolutely no sense of connection and suhsir nothing keeps me invested in the book. Stryder rated it it was ok Jul 12, Jan 03, Fatima E. Americanarab womenArabicgazaMiddle EastPalestinepoetryviolence.

What wisdom, energy, joy and poignancy Hammad brings to the page for all of this, and for teaching me a new speaking, I give her my thanks” Carolyn Forche. The style suits Hammad because it accomplishes what many spoken-word poets fail to achieve: Linguistically, the collection breaks borders and the sounds of words – English and Arabic – flow into each other like river streams meeting in a vast ocean.

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