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The Sky Is a Nest of Swallows: A Collection of Poems and Essays by Afghan Women Writers Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 263 KB
  • Print Length: 91 pages
  • Publication Date: February 29, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087PEFG0
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The Sky is Nest of Swallows is a collection of poetry and prose written by Afghan women writers. The pieces in the lovely short volume introduce us to secret hopes and fears of the women living under the control of Afghanistan's strict patriarchal culture. The selected pieces are a wonderful introduction into Afghanistan's complex traditions and culture. They also show readers the deep humanity and love that the writers have for their people and country. I highly recommend this book for all literature lovers, for high school and college classrooms, and to anyone who wants to know more about Afghanistan and its people.
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I love the poetry in this book. The short essays are amazing too. I love hearing the voices of these women that men and their society have tried to minimize and silence. This is what Poetry is meant to be in its purest, most beautiful form! What courage, what beauty! If you ever going to buy a poetry book, this is the one! "Read my Poems on the Reddish Stream of my Blood" is worth the price of the book alone.
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The Sky is a Nest of Swallows: To Tell One's Story is a Human Right. A Collection of Poems and Essays by Afghan Women Writers. Compiled by Susannah E. Pabot. Cover art by Nazli Ceren Ozerdem. Afghan Women's Writing Project. Belleville Books Press,
KY, 2012.

The volume's title comes from an essay by Zainab in which she recounts how, though born in Iran where her family was living as refugees at the time, they were force-returned to Afghanistan to find everything changed and hard, harder than it was in Iran. She feels she has no home and to overcome her bitterness she reminds herself that she is more like a swallow, the bird who never makes a permanent nest anywhere on earth; she must "reach for the sky." And so, over and over, in essay and poem, women who have borne the brunt of the Taliban's extremism, as well as that of traditional patriarchal pressure, reveal their sorrows, histories, but above all their hopefulness for change. Poems for deceased mothers, about never-ending violence, being silenced merely for being a woman; essays about arranged marriages, the longing for peace, the harshness of hope denied. There is also an essay about what the AWWP means to Afghan women writers. The power of these womens' voices is strong and poignant. In her poem, "Have You Forgotten," Meena Y demands answers from friends as to their acceptance of fundamentalism, "Have you forgotten the nights that were followed only by nights?" And Emaan asks in " Read My Poems on the Reddish Stream of My Blood," The Sky Is a Nest of Swallows: To Tell One's Story is a Human RightOh my destiny, give me the answer, what am I for in this universe? Or, the quiet plea of Seeta in "Under Burka," Remember me. Yes, we all need to remember, honor, and listen to these women as they write their stories.

Recommended especially for high school and college literature courses.
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Imagine being unable to live life with the simple freedom of making a choice. The women who wrote these heart wrenching poems and prose suffer unbearable isolation. It is amazing how can they still hold such beautiful thoughts of love and hope. I was humbled by their strength of spirit and natural ability to express emotion. I have personally purchased at least 20 copies of this small book to give and share with other women. I am also very involved helping educate Afghan women in the States with the intent to return to Afghanistan. Thank you dear people at Brown University who saw the need to publish these poem and made such a powerful contribution to the beginning of change in our world.
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