Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Poetic Injustice - Writings on Resistance and Palestine ( Remi Kanazi)

The long awaited collection by Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi is a diverse mix of unabashed resistance poems. Laced with searing indictments of occupation, ethnic cleansing, and war, Remi tackles some of the most important issues facing the world today with a powerful, inspiring voice.. Additionally included with with the book are 48, 3 line poems for Palestine and a full length spoken word poetry CD.

About the Poet

Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and activist based in New York City. He is the editor of Poets for Palestine ( Al Jisser Group, 2008). His political commentary has been featured by news outlets, throughout the world, including Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. His poetry has taken him across North America, the UK, and the Middle East, and he recently appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a recurring writer in residence and advisory board member for the Palestine Writing workshop.

" Remi Kanazi's poetry, full of defiance and longing, allows us to feel the power and pain of Palestine's struggle." - John Pilger ( man of truth)

A Poem for Gaza 

I never knew death
until I saw the bombing
of a refugee camp
filled with
dismembered       legs
and splattered torsos
but no sign of a face
the only impression
a fading scream

I never understood pain
until a seven-year-old girl
clutched my hand
stared up at me
with soft brown eyes
waiting for answers

in her other hand
she held a key
to her grandmother's house
but I couldn't unlock the cell
that caged her older brothers
they said
we slingshot dreams
so the other side
will feel our father's presence!

a craftsman
built homes in areas
where no one was building

when he fell

a .50 caliber bullet
tore through his neck
shredding his vocal cords 
too close to the wall
his hammer
must have been a weapon
he must have been a weapon
encroaching on settlement hills
and demographies

so his daughter
studies mathematics

seven explosions
eight bodies
four congressional resolutions

seven Apache helicopters
eight Palestinian villages
silence and a second Nakba

our birthrate
minus their birthrate
one sea and 400 villages re-erected

one state minus
their birthrate
0ne sea and 400 villages re-erected

one state
two peoples
...and she can't stop crying

never knew revolution
or the proper equation
tears at the paper
with her fingertips
searching for answers
but only has teachers
look up to the sky
to see Stars of David
demolishing squalor
with Hellfire missiles

she thinks back
words and memories
of his last hug
before he turned and fell
now she pumps
dirty water from wells
while settlements
divide and conquer
and her father's killer
sits beacchfront
with European vernacular

this is our land! she said
she's seven years old
this is our land!
she doesn't need history books
or a scoolroom teacher
she has these walls
this sky
her refugee camp

she doesn't know the proper equation
but she sees my dry pens
no longer waiting for my answers
just holding her grandmother's key
for ink

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