- 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 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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The poems have brought my reading/writing group to their deepest considerations. These women risk all in speaking their stories. The translations are lovely, the stories painful.Published 14 months ago by Merimee
I have long been visiting the [...] site to read the poems and narratives of these brave Afghan women. Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Shevy
The only reason I voted this four instead of five is that it is a very slim collection, and leaves you wanting more. Read morePublished on January 23, 2013 by V. M. Badertscher