Day 126: Poems of war, peace, women, power

Blending stories of her Palestinian- American heritage, Suheir Hammad recites two powerful, spine tingling poems to a TED audience.
‘What I will’ has a strong anti- war theme. Hammad delivers her lines with passion and feeling. ‘I will not dance to your war drum. I will not lend my soul nor my bones to your war drum.’
Before reading, ‘Break ( clustered),’ Hammad asks the audience to hold the woman who isn’t there close to them. She ponders man’s seemingly limitless capacity for violence and wonders where refugee hearts grow, ending with the moving lines;
‘Do not fear what has been blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded.’


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