Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Poetic Obituaries: "Her poetry was full of tragedy,"

Radio Free Afghanistan broadcaster and fellow poet Ajmal Aand says [of Haseeba Shaheed].

"Being hopeless is my experience, being without country is my philosophy. I have a Ph.D. in frustration," Shaheed wrote in her poem, "Refugee Bird," that reflected on her childhood. "I need a prophet to reconcile me with myself. . . . to show how to love, how to smile." Several weeks ago, she traveled to Munich to recite "Refugee Bird" at a Pashtun poetry festival, Da Naranj Gul.

from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: In Memoriam: Haseeba Shaheed


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