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Farzana Marie

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Farzana Marie is a poet and PhD candidate at University of Arizona's School of Middle Eastern and North Africa Studies, where she focuses on Persian Literature and Creative Writing. She holds a B.S. in Humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy and M.A. in English from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force for over six years, including two consecutive years deployed in Afghanistan, where she also served as a civilian in 2003 and 2004, 2013, 2014, 2015. Farzana had a massive stroke, in Afghanistan (2015). She has aphasia, loss of language NOT intellect. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/farzanawrites
Twitter @farzanmarie

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I am excited to share about a unique series of readings and conversations surrounding the forthcoming book I compiled, translated, and edited, called Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan (Holy Cow Press! 2015).

I am working with the nonprofit Civil Vision International to rally support to help bring one of the poets featured in this book, Somaya Ramesh, to the United Stat... Read more of this blog post »
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“Load poems like guns—
war's geography calls you
to arms.
The enemy has no signs,
Load poems like guns—
each moment is loaded
with bombs
death and war
don't follow rules
you can make your pages into white flags
a thousand times
but swallow your words, say no more.
Load your poems—
your body—
your thoughts—
like guns.
The schoolhouses of war rise up
within you.
Maybe you are next.”
Farzana Marie, Load Poems Like Guns: Women's Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan

“I have tried my best to keep my country alive by writing about it.”
Nuruddin Farah

“Love will heal
What language fails to know”
Eavan Boland

“Sometimes you must do things out of love
that devastate the senses.

This wasn't easy, Elymas. I know
blindness. I know how suddenly

the specks in the stones you can't see
become something you would die for.

From the way you grope this cloud of mist
I know you're trying to imagine

the color of the stars right now,
the blue-white shine that once

ignited your hands with power,
but can conjur only

the upturned bellies of poisoned frogs,
your mother's dying lips.

Don't you know how small
this life is? Even the stars

are just the sweat Christ shakes
from his brow. When you make crooked

the path to eternity, you send your brother
to oblivion, to the buried speck

in the midnight desert stone. This time,
no magic will save you. You

will have to find your life in the dark.
Today you will have to be led by the hand.”
Tania Runyan

“Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence. ”
Alice Walker

“Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.”
Alice Walker, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

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