Her memory will be a flower tucked into literature’s turban.
In her loneliness, every sister cries for her.
~ Why Afghan Women Risk Death to Write Poetry
A new literary network revives an old Pashtun tradition – the “landai” or “landay”.
Also, the story of Zarmina, a 16-year-old Afghan poetess who set herself on fire after her brothers beat her for daring to recite her poems over the telephone to a fellow member of a secret women’s poetry group – they thought she was talking to a boy.
Such compelling 2-line poems. And, to these daring women, who pour their hearts and souls into creating and sharing them at the risk of death: our deep respect.
Read some more of these poems at PoetryFoundation.org. And, check out the Pulitzer Center collection of articles / photos / videos as well.