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by Sadek Mohammed,Soheil Najm,Haider Al-Kabi,Dan Veach

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Flowers of Flame: Unheard. has been added to your Cart. Haider Al-Kabi is author of the poetry collection Bombardment. Exiled from Iraq after the first Gulf War, Haider immigrated to the United States and is currently a professor of Arabic and Spanish.

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Flowers of Flame Unheard Voices of Iraq.

by Sadek Mohammed, Soheil Najm, Haider Al-Kabi and Dan Veach. Lansing, MI: Michigan State University Press, 2008. Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq, ed. by Sadek Mohammed and others.

Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq. Flowers of Flame gives us a deeply touching vision of the heart - and the hope -of. 3. today’s Iraq.

As I deployed to Iraq as an Army sergeant late in 2003, I stuffed an anthology of poems (Iraqi Poetry Today; King’s College .

As I deployed to Iraq as an Army sergeant late in 2003, I stuffed an anthology of poems (Iraqi Poetry Today; King’s College, London, 2003) into my rucksack. I never would have guessed that within a couple of years I would meet one of the authors whose work was in the anthology-the amazing poet Dunya Mikhail.

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Sadeq al-Sadr (March 23, 1943 – February 19, 1999), often referred to as Muhammad Sadiq as-Sadr which is his father's name, was a prominent Iraqi Twelver Shi'a cleric of the rank of Grand Ayatollah. He called for government reform and the release of detained Shi'a leaders. The growth of his popularity, often referred to as the followers of the Vocal Hawza, also put him in competition with other Shi'a leaders, including Ayatollah Mohammed Baqir al-Hakim who was exiled in Iran

In this stunning collection―the first since the American invasion―Iraqis themselves vividly depict the bombing of Baghdad, the fall of Saddam Hussein, the invaders (on both sides), the sectarian violence―and in the midst of it all, the hardships, loves, and hopes of the Iraqi people.      This collection was compiled by Iraqis in exile in the U.S. Poets, editors, and translators in Iraq run the daily risk of suicide bombers, gunfire from all sides, and death squads. The poems included here represent Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, the living and the dead, those who remain in Iraq, and those who fled. It is a testament to the courage of all of the contributors.      Flowers of Flame gives us a deeply touching vision of the heart―and the hope―of today’s Iraq.

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The 2003 date of the U.S. invasion of Iraq marks the first of the poems. Poems coming after this trace the changing conditions in Iraq on an emotional basis. The American occupation, daily terrorism, fears for personal safety, and emigration are for the most not dealt with explicitly. Surprisingly perhaps, unlike many poems written under such conditions, these poems are not journalistic or political commentary in literary garb. Mostly, they express the Iraqi soul under the conditions of duress.

Aiming for a collection representing the breadth of expression arising from the dislocations and uncertainties brought by the war irrespective of age, circumstances, political position, or place, the editors sought poems from all parts of Iraq and anywhere in the world in the case of poets driven or emigrating from Iraq. The difficulties of locating, getting in touch with, and then hearing from many of the 35 poets are noted in an introductory essay by one of the editors. This is not noted simply as a technical or practical matter in reaching the aim of such a volume, but also as a reflection of the breakup of Iraqi society.

All of the poems "use the free verse form of modern Iraqi poetry." The translations from Arab, Kurdish, or Turkoman are fluent. The impulses are to express sentiments, not experiment with form or language. While many of the sentiments--longing, sorrow, sympathy--are universal and expected under the circumstances and the imagery of birds, fragrances, gardens, foods, etc. is simple and common in Middle Eastern poetry, the poems do succeed in conveying the particular experience of the Iraqi people. This experience has generally not received much attention amid endless media coverage and a number of books and movies on the war typically dealing with some American concern or issue. Here's a poetry volume which brings to awareness how the war has affected average Iraqis.
Zeus Wooden
After reading this volume from Iraqi poets who personally faced the horror of unjustified war, I am amazed by the beauty and lack of bitterness within these poems. This is an example of how art transcends circumstance, and how suffering can, with the assistance of vision, treat a brutal subject with a wand of innocence and beauty. I highly recommend this collection, as well as the Iraq edition of the Atlanta Review, which overlaps with some of these poems, but contains many others you will not find here. Read them both!
Flowers of Flame: Unheard Voices of Iraq download epub
Author: Sadek Mohammed,Soheil Najm,Haider Al-Kabi,Dan Veach
ISBN: 0870138421
Category: Other
Subcategory: Humanities
Language: English
Publisher: Michigan State University Press (August 29, 2008)
Pages: 96 pages