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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In fact, the violence in Gaza is a constant topic in her poetry, summoning us to act and react as she evokes images of exploded bodies, rubble in place of homes, and empty stomachs.

She is among the greatest living poets. Hammad is also an accomplished playwright, as evidenced by “Blood Trinity” and “ReOrientalism” Nov 13, Reginald rated it it was amazing. I read it all over the span of just two days I rarely ever read poetry collections that quickly. Jan 03, Fatima E. Moo Na rated it it was amazing Oct 31, 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 Poetry.

I recommend it highly, for anyone that loves poetry, for anyone who thinks, for anyone who feels. I find absolutely no sense of connection and absolutely nothing keeps me invested in the book. She’s one of the best poets writing today Would you like to tell us about a duheir price? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it hammadd second life. Please read our full comment policy for details.

I had to use her book for my ENG college class and I absolutely hated it.


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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 Trivia About Breaking Poems.

Suheir Hammad’s voice is loud an clear. And, like Handala, her character is the personification of sumoud steadfastnessclinging to tatters of humanity in a purgatory between hope and disillusion. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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.

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Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. As the title suggests, the poems in breaiing collection read like messages from the front lines–heavy, measured, parsed, rationed–boiled down to essential information and elemental emotion forged by the raging fury of a battle for survival. Her character in this novella is a witness to unfolding physical and psychological terror. Breaking Poems reads as one cohesive unit with a solid and meaningful theme and message.

Suheir is a genius. The poetry of Suheir Hammad is both classical and new. 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.

While her previous collections read like galleries of poetic masterpieces, breaking poems is perhaps Hammad’s first conceptualized poetic narrative. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.

We appreciate constructive criticism and respectful feedback. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. 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. Write a customer review. Linguistically, the collection breaks borders and the sounds of words – English and Arabic – flow into each other like river streams meeting in a vast ocean.


At times, the broken aspect of these poems becomes overwhelming, as you can only look to the back so many times before you’ve forgotten the start of the poem.

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. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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. As her character descends into madness, poemw verse is distilled to clouds of words the reader is left to decipher. Oct 12, David Garza rated it it was amazing.

Reading these poems out loud made the music in them real. This is a poetry written for people who have endured the winds of hurricanes and invasions. I do like the incorporation of the Arabic a lot, but the breadth of style and scope seemed rather limited.

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Drops of This Story. She uses a diasporic language, blending anglicized Palestinian Arabic with English. Share your thoughts with other customers. 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. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Instead I think it is mostly people who are familiar with poems and English Majors loems would understand her work.

Lina rated it it was amazing Mar 02,