Load Poems Like Guns (printed copy)
Fighting back with art ~ it’s sometimes all we have.
Conspirare, conducted by Craig Hella Johnson
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.
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 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 —
The schoolhouses of war rise up
~ Somaia Ramish, translated by Farzana Marie, used with permission from Load Poems Like Guns, Holy Cow! Press, 2015