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Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak

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Since 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. According to Department of Defense data, fewer than half of them are accused of committing any hostile act against the United States or its allies. In hundreds of cases, even the circumstances of their initial detainment are questionable.

This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantánamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantánamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo.

If, in the words of Audre Lorde, poetry "forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change," these verses — some originally written in toothpaste, others scratched onto foam drinking cups with pebbles and furtively handed to attorneys — are the most basic form of the art.

Review:

"At last Guantánamo has found its voice." Gore Vidal

Review:

"Poetry, art of the human voice, helps turn us toward what we should or must not ignore. Speaking as they can across barriers actual and figurative, translated into our American tongue, these voices in confinement implicitly call us to our principles and to our humanity. They deserve, above all, not admiration or belief or sympathy — but attention. Attention to them is urgent for us." Robert Pinsky

Review:

"Poems from Guantánamo brings to light figures of concrete, individual humanity, against the fabric of cruelty woven by the 'war on terror.' The poems and poets’ biographies reveal one dimension of this officially obscured narrative, from the perspective of the sufferers; the legal and literary essays provide the context which has produced — under atrocious circumstances — a poetics of human dignity." Adrienne Rich

Review:

"[T]he bulk of these poems are so vague, their claims so conventional, that they might have been written at any point in history by anyone suffering anything." New York Times

Synopsis:

This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantánamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantánamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo.

About the Author

Marc Falkoff is an assistant professor at the Northern Illinois University College of Law and attorney for seventeen Guantánamo prisoners.

Flagg Miller is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.

Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean American poet, novelist, playwright, and human rights activist who holds the Walter Hines Page Chair of Literature and Latin American Studies at Duke University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781587296062
Author:
Marc Falkoff and Ariel Dorfman and Flagg Miller
Publisher:
University of Iowa Press
Preface by:
Miller, Flagg
Preface:
Miller, Flagg
Editor:
Falkoff, Marc
Author:
Miller, Flagg
Author:
Dorfman, Ariel
Author:
Flakoff, Marc
Author:
Falkoff, Marc
Afterword by:
Dorfman, Ariel
Afterword:
Dorfman, Ariel
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
African
Subject:
Cuba
Subject:
Middle Eastern
Subject:
Arabic poetry
Subject:
POE013000
Subject:
Political
Subject:
War on Terrorism, 2001-
Subject:
Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp
Subject:
Anthologies-Miscellaneous International Poetry
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
84
Dimensions:
8 x 5 x 0.5 in

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"Review" by , "At last Guantánamo has found its voice."
"Review" by , "Poetry, art of the human voice, helps turn us toward what we should or must not ignore. Speaking as they can across barriers actual and figurative, translated into our American tongue, these voices in confinement implicitly call us to our principles and to our humanity. They deserve, above all, not admiration or belief or sympathy — but attention. Attention to them is urgent for us."
"Review" by , "Poems from Guantánamo brings to light figures of concrete, individual humanity, against the fabric of cruelty woven by the 'war on terror.' The poems and poets’ biographies reveal one dimension of this officially obscured narrative, from the perspective of the sufferers; the legal and literary essays provide the context which has produced — under atrocious circumstances — a poetics of human dignity."
"Review" by , "[T]he bulk of these poems are so vague, their claims so conventional, that they might have been written at any point in history by anyone suffering anything."
"Synopsis" by , This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantánamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantánamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantánamo, in legal limbo.
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