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A feminist icon and a rising star on the sexual revolution, the booty-call nineties, and the Superwoman myth.
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"Incantatory and powerful, Suheir Hammad's voice compels you in these new poems
to enact a beautiful revolution, a retrieval from the very heart of loss. Everything
falls on the off beat, wa love, wa body, wa life, wa freedom."
— Chris Abani, author of GraceLand and Song for Night.
"Suheir Hammad's break introduces English to an Arabic vernacular that
startles into being an altogether new language, bridging the archipelago of a Palestine
under siege to the diaspora and beyond, breaking through convention, breaking open
locks on mind and heart, breaking into a music inspired by the Coltranes, Sun Ra
and free jazz, Lee Scratch Perry and Ravi Shankar, a music that is at once a joyous
celebration of survival and a poignant cri de Coeur that cannot be ignored and that
Mahmoud Darwish should have lived to see. This is a poetry written for people
who have endured the winds of hurricanes and invasions. 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 Forché
"breaking poems 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. 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."
— Afaa Michael Weaver