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Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes on I am the Beggar of the World
April 23, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
On Sunday, April 23rd, the Poetry Salon at the Abbot Public Library will focus on an amazing group of women poets from Afghanistan. Pashtun poetry has long been a form of rebellion for Afghan women, belying the notion that they are submissive or defeated. But writing poetry is dangerous for many Afghan women and girls. Its classical subject – love – in almost any form is taboo. Landay are two-line folk poems that can be funny, sexy, raging or tragic and have traditionally dealt with love and grief. “Landay belong to women,” said Safia Siddiqi, a renowned Pashtun Poet and former Afghan Parliamentarian. “In Afghanistan, poetry is the women’s movement from the inside.”
I am the Beggar of the World is a book of poems, war reportage, and photographs. It presents and comments on “landays” (pronounced “LAND-ees”) in translation from the Pashto, and it describes the current and historical contexts of these poems’ production, with a special emphasis on detailed anecdotes drawn from Eliza Griswold’s and Seamus Murphy’s encounters with their Afghani informants and subjects.
Please join Claire Keyes, Marblehead Poet and Professor Emerita from Salem State University, for a lively discussion of these poems. The Poetry Salon runs from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and is free and open to the public.
The Library’s monthly Poetry Salon is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.