‘Talking Forever’: A Poem for Dareen Tatour by Naomi Shihab Nye

"Dareen, trapped in her house for using the word “Resist” – she was there and we were everywhere else. "

Does Protest Rejuvenate or Limit Literature?

Two recent PEN pieces -- an event called "Literary Activism: is poetry the strongest form of protest?" and an essay by short-story writer Rasha Abbas, "Art and Culture from the Frontline: In the hope that Syria Speaks even more!" --  both address the relationship between literature and protest: The PEN event, an extract of which is available … Continue reading Does Protest Rejuvenate or Limit Literature?

Arab Revolutionary Narrative Inspires New Politics and New…Poetries?

Michael Rothenberg, the founder of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, expressed hope today that the Arab revolutionary narrative of 2011 would inspire not just the “occupy” movement, but a swing in U.S. literary momentum, too. Both he and 100TPC’s Terri Carrion were in Sharjah for the 2011 international book fair. It’s been well-documented (or documented, … Continue reading Arab Revolutionary Narrative Inspires New Politics and New…Poetries?