Load Poems Like Guns (download)


Fighting back with art ~ it’s sometimes all we have.


Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB choir, doumbek

Level: 5

duration: 4 minutes

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This excerpt from Songs for Muska features an incredible text by Somaia Ramish, a poet from Afghanistan, expertly translated by Farzana Marie and featured in her book Load Poems Like Guns.




Load Poems Like Guns


Load poems like guns — war’s geography calls you to arms.
The enemy has no signs, counter-signs,


Load poems like guns — each moment is loaded with bombs


death-sounds —
death and war
don’t follow rules
you can make your pages into white flags a thousand times
but swallow your words, say no more. Load your poems —
your body —
your thoughts —
like guns.
The schoolhouses of war rise up
within you.
Maybe you
are next.


~ Somaia Ramish, translated by Farzana Marie, used with permission from Load Poems Like Guns, Holy Cow! Press, 2015



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