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Songs of Love and War: Afghan Women's Poetry

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The authors of oral literature in the Pashtun language create their work at a far remove from any books. Generally deprived of the support of schools and universities, their compositions are inseparable from song. Their poetry is never declaimed; rather, their rhyme and rhythm have melodic value.

These popular improvisations do not exalt mystic love. In them there is no asp
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published March 16th 2010 by Other Press (first published 1994)
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Huda Yahya
بعض القصائد

أزداد جنونا حين أمر قرب قبر ولي
أرمي له الحجارة لكل أمنياتي غير المستجابة


غداً
الجياع من عشاقي سيشبعون
إذ أني سأعبر القرية
بوجه حسير
وبشَعر متروك للريح


في يدي وردة تذبل
فأنا لا أعرف لمن أعطيها في هذه الارض الغريبة


مرّر يدك بهدوء في تجويف يدي
ما إن أزهر رمان حتى نضج


خذنـي أولاً بــيـن ذراعـيـك واحـتـضــنّـي
بـعـدهــا يـمـكـنـك الارتـبـاط بـفـخذيّ الحـريـريـتيـن

ينزلق سروالي ذو اللون الناري عن ساقي
يقول قلبي لي أنك ستكون هنا هذه الليلة، ربما غدا


حبيبي عقد على عنقي
قد أسير عارية لكني لا أبقى لحظة بلا ع
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Carla
Jun 24, 2015 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Já não me lembro onde comprei ou porque comprei este livro, mas ainda bem que o comprei.

Sayd Bahodine Majrouh, intelectual e poeta afegão, reúne neste pequeno livro um conjunto de landays ou cantos de natureza oral da autoria de mulheres pashtun, um grupo étnico afegão. Majrouh percorre, primeiro na companhia da irmã, aldeias pashtun onde esta poesia de transgressão lhe é finalmente revelada e por ele coligida; mais tarde, vagueia em campos de refugiados no Paquistão, dando continuidade ao traba
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ربى عبد الغني
عندما أقرأ شعر البشتونيّات، أشعر كأنّي وجدت نبتة حبَق بكامل عبقها تحت الرّدم، البشتونيّات هربن من واقع لئيم، متزمّت، و ممّا أعجَبني:
إمّا أن تكون على صدري دائمًا
وإلا فالأفضل أن تكون بين ذراعي الأرض المعتمتين.
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خذنـي أولاً بــيـن ذراعـيـك واحـتـضــنّـي
بـعـدهــا يـمـكـنـك الارتـبـاط بـفـخذيّ الحـريـريـتيـن
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مرّر يدك بهدوء في تجويف يديّ
ما إن أزهر رمَّان حتى نضج
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أعطِني يدك
يا حبيبي
و لِنرحل إلى الحقول
لكي نتبادل الحب
أو نتهاوى معًا
تحت الطّعنات
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يا حبيبي!
اذهب و اثأر،
أولًا،
لدماء الشُّهداء
قبل ان تستحق
ا
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Shawn
Nov 15, 2011 Shawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, afghanistan
I enjoyed this book very much as an alternative collection of voices emerging from Afghanistan. Although there are a few criticism I would venture to articulate in more detail somewhere else, these are overshadowed by the simple fact that these poems are made accessible to me and many others who are interested in an alternative narrative to popular conceptions of Afghanistan as a weak and victimized populace, as in Khaled Hosseini's, The Kite Runner (2003) or Greg Mortenson's, Three Cups of Tea: ...more
Michael
Jan 20, 2015 Michael rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful powerful collection and story of how it came to arrive in our hands. I’m very glad I read it. This is primarily a collection of landays (two line poems) by Afghan women. These powerful poems reveal a world of what life is really like in that fractured and beautiful land. The last quarter of the book is a beautiful story of the editor and his life and work which was cut short by a murderer back in February of 1988. But his work had been delivered and was published - to the great ...more
Clarence Bucaro
Apr 02, 2011 Clarence Bucaro rated it it was amazing
wow......intense and moving and sad!
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