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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Skillfully illuminating the emotional and psychological consequences of this historic nadir of the Palestinian national movement, breaking poems is an intimate and gut-wrenching S. Hero Sheero rated it it was amazing May 11, Suheir is the real deal Preview — Breaking Poems by Suheir Hammad. And, like Handala, her character is the personification of sumoud steadfastnessclinging to tatters of humanity in a purgatory between hope and disillusion.

As her character descends into madness, lucid verse is distilled to clouds of words the reader is left to decipher. So I started over and the poems gelled. Hammad undergoes a personal transformation as she finds it impossible to fit into fixed and bounded notions of identity.

Showing of 4 reviews. 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. See all 4 reviews. On a technical level, breaking poems represents new heights in Hammad’s sparse style.


Every time I read or hear her words I swear the sky opens up a bit wider, and the sun shines a hell of a lot brighter Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

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She immigrated with her family to Brooklyn, New York, when she was just five years old. It’s a headache trying to read and interpret what she is saying. Go buy this shit before it sells out. Breaking Poems reads as one cohesive unit with a solid and meaningful theme and message. Aug 10, Madeleine rated it liked it Shelves: This is a poetry written for people who have endured the winds of hurricanes and invasions.

Breaking Poems is the pems engaging poetry collection I have read in a long, long time. Please read our full comment policy for details.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Breaking Poems takes on the geographic pofms that have bound women for ages and marked their bodies, their selves with duheir lines of unjust notions of property and exploitation.

Adding insult to injury, some of her stanzas contain lines in Arabic and some of which are not translated in the back part of her book. Her words, carefully considered and organized, transcend two-dimensional black and white print to encompass voice, beat, image and visceral emotion. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. 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, greaking culture, falling apart Poetry.


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Hammad embraces life at the border, refusing to translate her identity to fit a bounded-identity construct of what it means to be Palestinian or American. Jul 09, K rated it it was amazing. Hana rated it really liked it Jul 07, Jan 03, Fatima E. Share your thoughts with other customers. Read more Read less. One person found this helpful.

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Her words–at times almost unbearably heavy, intolerably familiar, unspeakably truthful–are glittering shards of a shattered world. She wrote a new language that is like nothing you ever saw before. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Breaking Poems by Suheir Hammad

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Amazon Advertising Find, attract, xuheir engage customers. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Powerful words from a amazing artist I was fortunate to receive a autographed copy from Suheir.

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