Journalism In Verse

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Dareen Tatour

in Middle East by

נָצַר

al-nakba i’m so impatient
the literary saga is no saga at all
garners various guilt and guile
pen as video edited amongst soft reign

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

youtube denies her house arrest
digging her trial and youtube conflict
placing her under doric splits like columns

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

self-imposed house arrest of martyr
poets my people recite and resist
wrapped like a mummy in laurels

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

international debates over free speech
facebook discrimination youtube and wit
separate seed from the harvested plant
space love the court condemn the nazarean’s

qawim
ya shaabi qawim y
sha’abi qawim

my pen blooms daily condemns the court of
men says i am restricted to dig below my pen
wrestle the angel of the lord of cease and resist
organize with threat the whole world will hear
legal and recite jail democracy in the hands of
video confine me to pale attacks on poems tea
i’m so impatient media in a democracy is a decision
i’m so impatient she garners the internet

forza
pobożny

The road is so long…

 

أرثوذكسي
שמרני


READ MORE

Dareen Tatour: Israli Arab poet convicted of incitement [BBC]
How can poets express Palestine’s struggle? [Al Jazeera]
The poem for which Dareen Tatour is under house arrest: “Resist, My People, Resist Them” [Arab Lit]


Joseph M. Gerace is a multidisciplinary artist and professional journalist. His work can be found at wikipoem.org and has appeared in SPAM zine, fluland, toypoems and elsewhere. His writing explores the intersection of folk art, technology and the outer limits of communication. He lives in New Jersey.

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