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The true manifest destiny of Suheir Hammad is to raise her searing vigorous voice, a brave flag over the dispossessed to sing stories of indelible origin and linkage to remind struggling humankind, whatever color or cultural root: We will hold on, we will never be gone. What s more, we will shine the light on one another! --Naomi Shihab Nye, Habibi

Suheir Hammad has given us a collection of poems that have their roots in a land near the edge of the sea. Here is the voice of one woman who has not forgotten the plight of her people. Born Palestinian, Born Black is about culture, conflict, and consciousness. The poems are political, but then we are in need of such things… I was born black, and Suheir Hammad has taught me what it means to be Palestinian. People must continue to learn from each other. This book opens a door. --E. Ethelbert Miller, Board Chair, Institute for Policy Studies

Suheir Hammad has given us a collection of poems that have their roots in a land near the edge of the sea. Here is the voice of one woman who has not forgotten the plight of her people. Born Palestinian, Born Black is about culture, conflict, and consciousness. The poems are political, but then we are in need of such things… I was born black, and Suheir Hammad has taught me what it means to be Palestinian. People must continue to learn from each other. This book opens a door. --E. Ethelbert Miller, Board Chair, Institute for Policy Studies

About the Author

Suheir Hammad's books include breaking poems, ZaatarDiva and Drops of This Story. An original writer and performer in the TONY awarded Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Suheir appears in the Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, Salt of This Sea. She has delivered her poetry to folk around the world.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: UpSet Press (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097601422X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976014225
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1999
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Suheir's poetry is passionate and intelligent. She captures in words the essence of what it means to be in the Palestinian diaspora. In "exotic" she puts forward , exactly, what it is to be a minority female in the U.S. This is an incredibly wonderful book - very highly recommended.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Liz Rockridge on March 31, 2002
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Suheir's poetry expresses so many thoughts we've all felt but could not articulate as eloquently and masterfully as she has! I couldn't bear to stop reading it.
She is able to clearly and eloquently express the thoughts, feelings and emotions that we've all had as women, Arabs and oppressed people! I bought this book for all my friends!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lenina Nadal on July 22, 2005
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What makes Suheir amazing is the same thing that made Frida Kahlo amazing, she is never afraid to be who she is wholly and completely. Her poetry is the unity of roses, 0live trees, Coltraine and blades.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By samia on January 16, 2002
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In 1948, the nation of Palestine, its 6,000 year history notwithstanding, was handed over to a small group of Jews from Europe. This mind-boggling event, without precedent in human history, was supported and funded by the U.S. Ms. Hammad captures the rage, frustration, and deep sadness of the palestinian people as they struggle to cope. The palestinians are the aborigines of Palestine. The jews,native to Ur in Iraq, claimed their land once before...in biblical times. But as Ms. Hammad succinctly points out "god ain't no real estate agent." A fantastic book for understanding arab emotions on the subject of palestine.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 2000
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Suheir Hammad's poetry in this book and in Listen Up is exquisite, filled with contemporary performance pieces that are both passionate and reflective.
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