Tuesday, June 25, 2013

News at Eleven: I dream I am the president.

When I awake, I am the beggar of the world.

The poems are called landays. Just two lines long with 22 syllables, they carry a bite. (One meaning of the word landay is short, poisonous snake.)

"This is rural folk poetry. This is poetry that's meant to be oral. It's passed mouth to mouth. Ear to ear. And the women have recited these poems for centuries," said [Eliza] Griswold.

from PBS: Short, Potent Poetry Offers Bite of Afghan Life


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