Synopses & Reviews
we are the boat / returning to dock / we are the footprints / on the northern trail / we are the iron / coloring the soil / we cannot / be erased
Remi Kanazi's poetry presents an unflinching look at the lives of Palestinians under occupation and as refugees scattered across the globe. He captures the Palestinian people's stubborn refusal to be erased, gives voice to the ongoing struggle for liberation, and explores the meaning of international solidarity.
In this latest collection, Kanazi expands his focus outside the sphere of Palestine and presents pieces examining racism in America, police brutality, US militarism at home and wars abroad, conflict voyeurism, Islamophobia, and a range of other issues.
"One picture is worth one thousand words they used to say with regard to Palestine and its suffering throughout the ages. This wonderful, elegant and moving book will convince you that one poem is worth one thousand words and many pictures. It is a poetic, and very accessible, personal journey into the past and present of Palestine that will resonate with anyone concerned with the land and its people." Ilan Pappé, On Palestine
Praise for Poetic Injustice:
"Read his words out loud for yourself and
your friends. Let their compassionate anger, their intricate dance of ideas, their unflinching witness, watch over you, dance with you, pick you up, and spur you to action."Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine
"There is more truth, and perhaps finally more news, in Remi Kanazi's poems than the pages of your daily newspaper or the sterile reports flash across your screens."Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winner
"Repression creates resistance. It also generates beautiful artistic works, which become a cultural weapon in the struggle for the realization of dreams. This book of poems is a shining example of tomorrow's Palestine."Ronnie Kasrils, former African National Congress activist and South African government minister
"Remi Kanazi is one of the most courageous voices of this generation. Before the Next Bomb Drops
is a beautiful but urgent clarion call for freedom, justice, and resistance in every pocket of the world, from occupied Palestine to gentrified Brooklyn. Read this book and prepare to be inspired, enlightened, and emboldened."
Marc Lamont Hill, CNN commentator and host of HuffPost Live and BET News
"Here is how I consumed Before the Next Bomb Drops: I'd read a page, then put it down, walk around the room for 30 seconds, then another page followed by another mental health break, and then I'd repeat this ritual. This book of poetry was devastating to pick up and impossible to put down. Remi Kanazi has graced us with poems that are an antidote to cynicism and a searing call of urgency for the human rights struggle of our times. If you are immersed in the struggle for Palestinian lives, your collection of literature is incomplete without this. But if you love poetry and know nothing of the Middle East, I also could not recommend a better book. Remi Kanazi has raised the bar for how art and politics can serve one another for the greater good."
Dave Zirin, The Nation
"This is by far Remi Kanazi's best and most mature work. It is also his funniest, saddest and most uplifting. His poems evoke places from Brooklyn to Gaza, and he travels in time from 1948 to a present sometimes experienced through images on a smartphone flitting past desensitized eyes. Writing the lyrics of a movement, Kanazi aims upwards at the powerful and inwards, challenging our own complacency. His rhymes and rhythms, filled with sharp wit, irony and deep empathy, are a great joy to read even as they tackle some of the most urgent political struggles of our day."
Ali Abunimah, co-founder of Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine
"Remis verse is a series of indignant letters to the passersby of our historical moment who thought they were minding their own business but who, in fact, are perpetuating the problem with their privileged complicity. Each verse made me sink deeper into my chair and helped unleash a cascade of relieving tears: in anger, in mourning, and in hope."
Noura Erakat, George Mason University and Human Rights Attorney
"One picture is worth one thousand words they used to say with regard to Palestine and its suffering throughout the ages. This wonderful, elegant and moving book will convince you that one poem is worth one thousand words and many pictures. It is a poetic, and very accessible, personal journey into the past and present of Palestine that will resonate with anyone concerned with the land and its people."
Ilan Pappé, bestselling author of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine
"Remi Kanazi asks whether his words 'hurt more than bombs dropped on Gaza?' They may not, but his words, which combine art with a burning desire to narrate, to shout, to shake, to shame and to humanize, create a lasting, almost self-regenerating mind image of the bombs dropped, the houses demolished and the communities uprooted. Kanazi's haunting poems are not written to be consumed; they reserve a place in one's conscience, in one's memory, andhopefullyin one's praxis."
Omar Barghouti, Palestinian human rights activist and co-founder of the BDS movement
Before the Next Bomb Drops explores the Israeli occupation of Palestine and US militarism through a poetic lens.
Tackling the various manifestations of Israeli settler colonialism, Kanazi hones in on Israels ongoing military occupation, the plight of Palestinian political prisoners, the struggle and desires of Palestinian refugees, the futility of the current Palestinian-Israeli peace process, the highly profitable and problematic peace industry, and many other topics essential to understanding the past, present, and future of the Palestine question.
About the Author
Remi Kanazi is a poet, writer, and organizer based in New York City. He is the author of Poetic Injustice: Writings on Resistance and Palestine and the editor of Poets For Palestine. His political commentary has been featured by news outlets throughout the world, including Salon, Al Jazeera English, and BBC Radio. Kanazi has toured hundreds of venues across the United States, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, and he has appeared in the Palestine Festival of Literature as well as Poetry International. He is a Lannan Residency Fellow and an Advisory Committee member for the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.