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ZaatarDiva is poetry about love, politics and Brooklyn, all coming out of Hammad's bag of zaatar. The poems in this collection are at once seductive and dangerous; they are possessed by a singular lyricism and awareness, and her call to action has a major presence in her work.
Paperback, 102 pages
Published February 15th 2006 by Rattapallax Press
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Simply Beautiful. Suheir Hammad has found her way into my heart, and soul.

Second Re-read of this collection, and I feel exactly the same. The power that these poems have is insane.

I first stumbled on Suheir Hammad's work through youtube, and her voice drew me in, but what made me stay were her words. Poems like Of Woman Torn give me chills as does First Writing Since. I'm going through a weird time in my life right now, which is why I chose to re-read Zaatar Diva. Although many of these poems
this is not only a book but also a CD, and listening to the audio versions of her poems makes me cry. so amazing. you can read a couple of the poems online, including Daddy's Song. this poem on the CD features her father on the track, and it is makes my heart hurt with love and family and mourning. you can see a performance of it on youtube but it's a different version, not with her dad. also you can read the stunning, beautiful, clear-eyed first writing since online, or watch her perform it on ...more
suheir tells us the things we sometimes dont want to hear, the things that are always inside our heads. like my favorite stanza of hers "you forgive those/ who hurt you/ i'll hold your grudge for you"
Emily Carpenter
Suheir has been one of my main insprirations for writing poetry, alogside, my mother especially when I first started writing. Suuheir uses beautiful, strong imagry to express what she is feeling in her poems. I WOULD STRONGLY RECCOMEND THIS BOOK! Suheir touches topics from love to war to violence to family. I think that whoever reads this could probably find atleast one poem that they can conncet to. especially for those who say that they do not prefer poetry I would reccomend this book, because ...more
Having traveled the world via her poetry Brooklyn-raised and Tony-Award winning poet Suheir Hammad has published the long-awaited follow-up to her 1996 collections Born Palestinian Born Black and Drops of This Story (Harlem River Press) In the minimalist ZaatarDiva a deeply spiritual and maternal Hammad wastes not a single word in tightly wrapped flower bud poems that blossom in the reader mind where her words give voice to unconscious thought With roots as a spoken-word poet she use of popular ...more
If I were teaching history to teens, I would play her poems to share what it's like to be of Arab parents, living in Brooklyn, in the times during and after 9/11. If I were teaching poetry to teens, I would share "cloud kissing" to make them all squirm with its swoon -- and challenge them to write about their crushes and loves. And "lipstick" -- because the lipstick talks. Then again, if I'd read this as a teen, this is the kind of book that would make me feel like chopped liver. The little whit ...more
The sections of this where she gets really urban with it seem contrived. IDK. I Like it though. Especially "Lipstick" and "my father after"
Zahra Pilavdzic
she's my queen be.
Jan 04, 2009 Teeb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
If you've ever seen Suheir Hammad perform live then you'll know what an amazing poet and performer she is.
She's a palestinian-american poet who grew up in Brooklyn and her mixed identity and roots are the subject and power behind her poetry. A wonderful, beautiful collection which includes "first writing since" a poem she wrote immediately after the Sept 11th attacks in NYC which makes me cry every time i read it...
Jun 05, 2007 Hafsa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone interested in poetry
Shelves: palestine, poetry
An amazing work of poetry by one of my favorite poets/spoken word artists. Many of her poems are about Palestine, as she is a Palestinian-American. The book even comes with a CD so you can hear her perform---she's absolutely brilliant.
actually, i am always "currently reading" this book of poetry. and it comes with a cd. this woman is amazing. read/listen if you want to connect with your rage and be inspired to do something about it.
Kara Huff
Fantastic poetry. And I don't usually care for poetry. I suggest listening to the cd that accompanies some editions, and/or looking up videos of her reading the poems. It truly enhances the message.
Where did I put it? I have an iTunes U download of her reading at a Diwan celebration. Would like to finish reading the rest of the poems but can't find the book anywhere.
my favorite poem is "what i will"...absolutely powerful. suheir hammad is a brilliant poet, weaving together love and the political.
another brilliant poet. it's even better when read aloud by the author.
Several great poems, and a whole lot of love poems in between them.
Cima D.
God Bless Suheir...check this one out.
sara ahmed
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Outstanding poet
so. good.
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