Load Poems Like Guns (download)

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

 

Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson

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Voicing: SATB choir, doumbek

 

duration: 4 minutes

 

 

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.

 

Level: 5

 

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Load Poems Like Guns

 

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

 

colors
signals
symbols!
Load poems like guns — each moment is loaded with bombs

 

bullets
blasts
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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