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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Drops of This Story. Her syntax is broken, her lines are clipped, and her poems are bombardments of images and words, demonstrations of brokenness and piecing together of selves, of languages, histories, and geographies.

Beautiful, touching; each poem a story. 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.

I read it all over the span of just two days I rarely ever read hamkad collections that quickly. Review 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. Suheir Hammad’s voice is loud an clear.

Breaking poems is also about breaking with old identity constructs. Instead I think it is mostly people who are familiar with poems and English Majors who would understand her work. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

I do like the incorporation of the Arabic a lot, but the breadth of style and scope seemed rather limited. Like the assassinated Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali’s iconic Handala, Hammad’s character in breaking poems is both a victim and a witness greaking this terror.


Inspired by poet-performers such as Nikki Giovanni, Hammad has traveled the world reciting her poetry in various venues and universities. She immigrated with her family to Brooklyn, New York, when she was just five years old. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. 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 Forche.

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 suhheir.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. 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. 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. 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 I do not believe that Suheir Hammad’s breakung can do this. In some ways, this is a reflection of lived experience through trauma; while trying to piece together a memory, you find yourself recollecting aspects tangentially related in an effort to guard yourself from the actual reality of the past.


Jul 09, K rated it it was amazing. First off, I find her stanzas to be rather incoherent and a jumbled mess. I recommend it highly, for anyone that loves poetry, for anyone who thinks, for anyone who feels. English Choose a language for shopping. DefConPrime rated it liked it Mar breakiing, Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Nov 13, Reginald rated it it was amazing. Published December 1st by Cypher Books first published 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. She uses a diasporic language, blending anglicized Palestinian Arabic with English.

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She’s one of the best poets writing today So I started over and the poems gelled. Return to Book Page. I had to use her book for my ENG college class and I absolutely hated it.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. 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.

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