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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Gabriel Teodros rated it it was amazing Oct 31, I recommend it highly, for anyone that loves poetry, for anyone who thinks, for anyone who feels. Nuanced and complex, breaking poems explores a new space in twenty-first century poetry.

Breaking Poems

In some ways, this is a reflection of lived experience through trauma; while trying to piece together a memory, you find yourself recollecting aspects tangentially related uammad an effort to guard yourself from the actual reality of the past. Americanarab womenArabicgazaMiddle EastPalestinepoetryviolence. Like the assassinated Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali’s iconic Handala, Hammad’s beraking in breaking poems is both a victim and a witness to this terror.

She’s one of the best poeems writing today Dec 21, Daniel rated it really liked it. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. I do like the incorporation of the Arabic a lot, but the breadth of style and scope seemed rather limited.


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These are poems that inform the dreams of a world that honors woman and honors woman speaking her own voice, breaking the bonds of old worlds with bright moments, bright moments, bright moments. Jan 03, Fatima E.

Hammad also takes significant innovative risk through the infusion of transliterated Arabic into already densely referenced work. Get to Know Us. Sep 02, Lindsay rated it liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Beautiful, touching; each poem a story.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Dec 26, Nijla Mumin rated it it was amazing. As her character descends into madness, lucid verse is distilled to clouds of words the reader is left to decipher. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? This book is a departure for her, the work is more formal, but it stands as one of her best. 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.

It’s just a meaningless book that I find no use for in my life.

Breaking Poems: Suheir Hammad: : Books

Explore the Home Gift Guide. This is a poetry written for people who have endured the winds of hurricanes and invasions.

Before going off on my review I’m going to say this, this book is definitely not for people who aren’t entirely familiar with poems. Drops of This Story. 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 body, a land, a culture, suhfir apart, broken, and put back together again.


Mar 06, Angelus rated it hammwd not like it. The style suits Hammad because it accomplishes what many spoken-word poets fail to achieve: Cypher Books December 1, Language: She is a far better poet than the material in that book.

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. Suheir is the real deal Navid Naderi rated it it was ok May 02, Our Comment Policy Critiques of Elevate Difference and the content of any review on this site are welcome; however, we will not tolerate flaming, attacks, or any form of abuse.

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