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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Palestinian-American poet Suheir Hammad is in a class of her own. Moo Na rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Jul 09, K rated it it was amazing. First off, I find her stanzas to be rather incoherent and a jumbled mess. I was about halfway through thinking I am just not the audience for this 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.

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See all 4 reviews. The poetry of Suheir Hammad is both classical and new. Open Preview See a Problem? Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Like the assassinated Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali’s iconic Handala, Hammad’s character in jammad poems is both a victim and a witness to syheir terror. 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 hamkad.


One person found this helpful. 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. You’ve gotta sit with this sistah for a while and read and read through and read under until your mind “breaks” or you have a break through.

If it inspires you to read a novel, see a film, or download an album, we hope you will donate to show your support. Hammad undergoes a personal transformation as she finds it impossible to fit into fixed and bounded notions of identity. Showing of 4 reviews. She’s one of the best poets writing today Everything falls on the off beat, wa love, wa body, wa life, wa freedom. 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, falling apart, broken, and put back together again.

When one wants t 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. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Breaking poems is also about breaking with old identity constructs.

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It’s just a meaningless book that I find no use for in my life. I continue to suffer from comparing everything to Zaatardiva.

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Nuanced and complex, breaking poems explores a new space in twenty-first century poetry. When one wants to be a good writer, you should be able to engage in a large, widespread audience. Connect With Us At Goodreads. The style suits Hammad because it accomplishes what many spoken-word poets fail to achieve: LeConte rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Return to Book Page.


Breaking Poems reads as one cohesive unit with a solid and meaningful theme and message. I love Suheir Hammad’s spoken word pieces but had trouble with this until I got to a poem that I’d heard her perform on YouTube. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I recommend it highly, for anyone that loves poetry, for anyone who thinks, for anyone who feels.

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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Vietnam and the Breakig of War. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Exploring the relationship between mind, body, and soul, she deftly portrays the out-of-body experience of living through war.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. This is a poetry written for people who have endured the winds of hurricanes and invasions. Reading it feels more like a chore than something pleasurable. Published December 1st by Cypher Books first published So I started over and the poems gelled. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Her words, carefully considered and organized, transcend two-dimensional black and white print to encompass beeaking, beat, image and visceral emotion.