Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5th, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad's "Street of the Booksellers"

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Beau Beausoleil, Deema Shehabi
PM Press, Aug 1, 2012 - Political Science - 300 pages
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On March 5th, 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad—the historic center of Baghdad bookselling—wounding more than 100 people and killing more than 30. This anthology begins with a historical introduction to al-Mutanabbi Street and includes the writing of Iraqis as well as a wide swath of international poets and writers who were outraged by this attack. Exploring the question Where does al-Mutanabbi Street start?, the book looks at both communities and nations, seeking to show the commonality between a small street in Baghdad and other individual cultural centers and explain why this attack was an attack on us all. Chapters examine al-Mutanabbi Street as a place for the free exchange of ideas, a place that has long offered its sanctuary to the complete spectrum of Iraqi voices, and a place where the roots of democracy took hold many hundreds of years ago.
 

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Contents

A Man in Love with Knowledge Mousa alNaseri
8
Occident to Orient Zaid Shlah
21
Abridged Qasida for alMutanabbi Street Roger Sedarat
34
Dead Trees Yassin The Narcicyst Alsalman
47
The Hooded One Peter Money
54
After Rumi Janet Sternburg
67
Ashes NiamhmacFhionnlaoich
80
Untitled Jen Hofer
93
Luis and Celso on alMutanabbi Street Josh Kun
150
Hearing of Alia Muhammed Bakers Stroke Philip Metres
163
In the Country ofthe Dead Habib Tengour
177
Explosion SitaCarboni
190
random Bonnie Nish
203
March 9 2007 AlMutanabbi Street Baghdad Julie Bruck
207
Love Song Sholeh Wolpé
220
Untitled devorah major
235

Revolutionary Letter 77 Awkward Song on the Eve ofWar
107
Untitled Katrina Rodabaugh
120
Crossroads Lewis Buzbee
134
Untitled Ibn alUtri
137
Verses for Everyday Use Fadhil alAzzawi
248
The Street ofthe Poet Jim Natal
264
Acknowledgments
289
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Beau Beausoleil is the founder of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition and the author of Concealed in Language. Deema Shehabi is a Pushcart Prize–nominated writer who has contributed to numerous journals, including the Kenyon Review, Literary Imagination, and Poetry Review (London). She is the author of Thirteen Departures from the Moon. They both live in San Francisco.

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