Tag: Poetry

Super Bowl Fans Tackle Poetry

Super Bowl Fans Tackle Poetry

On January 20, a star was born in Washington, DC, during the inauguration of the 46th president of the United States — a 78-year-old white man taking over from a 74-year-old sore loser. Before the swearing-in, an unknown 22-year-old black female strode up to the podium. She embodied the...

Iran’s Radical Poetry in the Making

Iran’s Radical Poetry in the Making

A radical poetry movement in Iran breaks rules and challenges censorship. For several years before my immigration to the Czech Republic, I had experienced something like living in Prague. The experience was extremely similar to Milan Kundera’s and Klima’s description of the city because our...

Kurdistan: Where Poets Are More Than Poets

Kurdistan: Where Poets Are More Than Poets

Poets are setting people free, liberating thought through language. The auditorium fills. A janitor weaves through the crowd to unlock the upper balcony, and soon that fills, too. Men sit on each other’s knees, three to a seat, careful not to touch the women around them. Men fill the center...

Translating Kurdish Poetry: Not for the Faint of Heart

Translating Kurdish Poetry: Not for the Faint of Heart

Translating Kurdish, Iraqi, and other regional poetry has the power to shatter stereotypes, ease local tensions, and show the world a side of the region it has never seen. Giggles. Such was the reaction Marie LaBrosse received every time she mentioned the name “Sheikh Raza” in her new...

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