In April we had a post that featured the spoken word poem of Rachel Rostad. The poem was excellent, but while Rachel is a born and bred Asian-American gal, here’s some powerful voices native to the Silk Rope countries.

About a year and a half ago this spoken word piece by Rafeef Ziadah made rounds. Rafeef was a Palestinian spokesperson, talking to fereign journalists on a daily basis, trying to stay calm while being bombarded by questions and bombs alike. The poem is a primal scream of frustration. Enjoy, insofar that word applies:


Another notable spoken word/rap video is the Egyptian short by Dahlia Mahmood. In this video she’s both dancer and Sheikha, discussing conflicting views about the feminine in today’s Egypt. While not the best spoken word video out there, it adds a fresh voice to an extremely important debate Egyptians are starting to have. More info about the video on the Free Arabs site.

While Afghan women have not produced spoken word poetry of the level of Rachel or Rafeef, the project Afghan Women’s Writing is conceived to remedy just that. It’s first and foremost a project to give women a voice, in the form of short stories, poems or essays. That in itself is valuable, but I’m sure a few will be encouraged to develop artistically and add to the literary landscape of the country. Hard to read is an entry about love and marriage in Afghanistan:

“…┬áIn my country, love is a shame on the family. …”