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Poems from Guant�namo The Detainees Speak

ISBN-10: 1587296063
ISBN-13: 9781587296062
Edition: 2007
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Description: Since 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Publication date: 8/15/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 84
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Since 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo 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 Guantanamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantanamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantanamo, 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. Death Poem by Jumah al Dossari Take my blood. Take my death shroud and The remnants of my body. Take photographs of my corpse at the grave, lonely. Send them to the world, To the judges and To the people of conscience, Send them to the principled men and the fair-minded. And let them bear the guilt burden before the world, Of this innocent soul. Let them bear the burden before their children and before history, Of this wasted, sinless soul, Of this soul which has suffered at the hands of the "protectors or peace." Jumah al Dossari is a thirty-three-year old Bahraini who has been held at Guantanamo Bay for more than five years. He has been in solitary confinement since the end of 2003 and, according to the U.S. military, has tried to kill himself twelve times while in custody.

Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Ariel Dorfman is a Chilean citizen. A supporter of Salvador Allende, he was forced into exile and has lived in the United States for many years. Since writing his legendary essay, "How to Read Donald Duck", Dorfman has built up an impressive body of work that has translated into more than thirty languages. Besides poetry, essays and novels--"Hard Rain" (Readers International, 1990), winner of the Sudamericana Award; "Widows" (Pluto Press, 1983); "The Last Song of Manuel Sendero" (Viking, 1987); "Mascara" (Viking, 1988); "Konfidenz" (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1995)--he has written plays, including "Death and the Maiden", and produced in ninety countries. He has won various international awards, including two Kennedy Center Theatre Awards. With his son, Rodrigo, he received an award for best television drama in Britain for "Prisoners of Time" in 1996. A professor at Duke University, Dorfman lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Acknowledgments
Notes on Guantanamo
Forms of Suffering in Muslim Prison Poetry
They Fight for Peace
O Prison Darkness
I Shall Not Complain
To My Father
Lions in the Gage
Homeward Bound
Death Poem
They Cannot Help
Shaikh Abdurraheem Muslim Dost
Shaikh Abdurraheem Muslim Dost
Two Fragments
First Poem of My Life
Humiliated in the Shackles
The Truth
Is It True?
Hunger Strike Poem
I Am Sorry, My Brother
Terrorist 2003
I Write My Hidden Longing, Abdulla Majid al Noaimi, the Captive of Dignity
My Heart Was Wounded by the Strangeness, Abdulla Majid al Noaimi, the Captive of Dignity
Ode to the Sea
Even if the Pain
Where the Buried Flame Burns

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