as curfews broken / guerillas hidden / you join now those who won’t leave / the earth haunt my / sleep who watch my / back whenever i lay. I went to see Salt of This Sea (Milh Hadha al-Bahr) the other night. And I found myself turning to Suheir Hammad’s breaking poems the next. In her poetry collection breaking poems (), Palestinian American poet Suheir Hammad breaks new ground by introducing to poetry techniques associated.
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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Breaking Poems by Suheir Hammad. Breaking Poems by Suheir Hammad. Using “break” as a trigger for every poem, Hammad destructs, constructs, and reconstructs the English language for us to hear the sound of a breath, a woman’s body, a land, a culture, falling apart Poetry.
Using “break” as a trigger for every poem, Hammad destructs, constructs, and reconstructs the English language for us to hear the sound of a breath, a woman’s body, a land, a culture, falling apart, broken, and put back together again.
This is a poetry written for people who have endured the winds of hurricanes and invasions.
What wisdom, energy, joy and poignancy Hammad brings to the page for all of this, and for teaching me a new speaking, I give her my thanks” Carolyn Forche. Paperback62 pages. Published December 1st by Cypher Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Breaking Poemsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jul 09, K rated it it was amazing.
You’ve gotta sit with this sistah for a while and read and read through and read under until your mind “breaks” or you have a break through.
Seriously, this is not poetry for the weak. Sep 02, Lindsay rated it liked it Shelves: I was about halfway through thinking I am just not the audience for this So I started over and the poems gelled.
I do like the incorporation of the Arabic a lot, but the breadth of style and scope seemed rather limited. I continue to suffer from comparing ;oems to Zaatardiva. May 30, Dhiyanah rated it it was amazing Shelves: Romanized Arabic words weaved into the English, Suheir Hammad claims the multiplicity that breakimg her identity whole.
Linguistically, the collection breaks borders and the sounds of words – English and Arabic – flow into each other like river streams meeting in a vast ocean. Reading these poems out loud made the music in them real.
Oct 12, David Garza rated it it was amazing. Breaking Poems is the most engaging poetry collection I have read in a long, long time.
I read it all over the span of just two days I rarely ever read poetry collections that quickly. Breaking Poems reads as one cohesive unit with a solid and meaningful theme and message. Suheir Hammad’s voice is loud an clear. Aug 10, Madeleine rated it liked it Shelves: I love Suheir Hammad’s spoken word pieces but had trouble with this until I got to a poem that I’d heard her perform on YouTube.
Then it all clicked. Oct 28, Barbara rated it really liked it Shelves: Her syntax is broken, her lines are clipped, and her poems are bombardments of images and words, demonstrations of brokenness and piecing together of selves, of languages, histories, and geographies. Really, the point of the collection thus far for me has been the reassembling of the many selves, in a continuum of war against poor people, against folks of color, against immigrants, against women, and the self is all of these things which cannot be extricated from one another.
Mar 06, Angelus rated it did not like it. Before going off on my review I’m going to say this, this book is definitely not for people who aren’t entirely familiar with poems. I had to use her book for my ENG college class and I absolutely hated it. First off, I find her stanzas to be rather incoherent and a jumbled mess.
It’s a headache trying to read and interpret what she is saying. Adding insult to injury, some of her stanzas contain lines in Arabic and some of which are not translated in the back part of her book.
When one wants t Before going off on my review I’m going to say this, this book is definitely not for people who aren’t entirely familiar with poems. When one wants to be a good writer, you should be able to engage in a large, widespread audience. I do not believe that Suheir Hammad’s poems can do this.
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I find absolutely no sense of connection and absolutely nothing keeps me invested in the book. Reading it feels more like a chore than something pleasurable. Her book doesn’t seem like it engages in a wide audience.
Instead I think it is mostly people who are familiar with poems and English Majors who would understand her work. It’s just a meaningless book that I find no use for in my life. If I were to sell it, I’d ask for twice the money, I’d want the part of my life I spent on this book and on the essay based on the book back and a free bottle of aspirin.
Dec 21, Daniel rated it really liked it. At times, the broken aspect of these poems becomes overwhelming, as you can only look to the back so many times before you’ve forgotten the start of the poem. In some ways, this is a reflection of lived experience through trauma; while trying to piece together a memory, you find yourself recollecting aspects tangentially related in an effort to guard yourself from the actual reality of the past.
Nov 13, Reginald rated it it was amazing. Suheir is the real deal Every time I read or hear her words I swear the sky opens up a bit wider, and the sun shines a hell of a lot brighter There’s no darkness to or in her words She’s one of the best poets writing today Dec 26, Nijla Mumin rated it it was amazing. Jan 03, Fatima E. Jan 04, Leah rated it it was amazing. Suheir is a genius. She wrote a new language that is like nothing you ever saw before.
Go buy this shit before it sells out. Feb 20, kira rated it it was amazing. Mar 28, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 21, secondwomn rated it really liked it Shelves: Aug 07, Rushay Booysen rated it really liked it. Powerful words from a amazing artist I was fortunate to receive a autographed copy from Suheir. Gabriel Teodros rated it it was amazing Oct 31, Navid Naderi rated it it was ok May 02, DefConPrime rated it liked it Mar 22, Linzmars rated it liked it Sep 01, Hero Sheero rated it it was amazing May 11, Stryder rated it it was ok Jul 12, Hana rated it really liked it Jul 07, Mariam Youssef rated it liked it Nov 09, Moo Na rated it it was amazing Oct 31, LeConte rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Eboni rated it really liked it Nov 18, Lina rated it it was amazing Mar 02, David Boeving rated it really liked it Nov 15, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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