the louderARTS Project

Suheir Hammad

Suheir Hammad is the author "breaking poems" (cypher books 2008), as well as "ZaatarDiva", "Born Palestinian, Born Black" and "Drops of This Story".  Her award winning work has appeared in numerous anthologies and journals.  She was an original writer and performer in the TONY award winning Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.  Suheir appears in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, "Salt of This Sea" and has read her work throughout the world on stage, radio and screen.


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break (word)

yo thunder gun clap flash flood warning

cumin kizbara a kiss bara
herb quartz strung key feather
door internet iced letters coffee clove guinness beats
beats beats july heat miriam medicine
what you become not just on paper
beautiful bosom in love beirut 

corner the corniche
stop lean against
a railing wave foreigners goodbye
turn and walk into a bomb

we no longer know language

asunder sun dare ash judge warring

ribs borders razors geneva guava evacuate demonstrate
against blinding
emperor’s mission religion

cane wa able
the first civil war still raging

humiliate a people distract the rest

trademark star brand dreams seeds
water new world old words
this ain’t living

words are against us
there is a math only subtracts

 

© Suheir Hammad


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