“For Emily Dickinson every philosophical idea was a potential lover. Metaphysics is the realm of eternal seduction of the spirit by ideas.”
—Charles Simic, from section IV of The Monster Lovers His Labyrinth: Notebooks (Copper Canyon Press, 2008)
Journalist, Eliza Griswold, introduces her coverage of the landai poetry in Afghanistan. Landai poems, which are two line poems, address various issues that affect Afghan women daily. These women use landai as an outlet from their constricted lives. However, these women have to keep their passion a secret, and often times use pen names to keep their identity hidden.
Zarmina, an Afghan girl used the name Rahila to hide her poetry from a controlling family. Pulitzer Center grantee, Eliza Griswold, investigates Zarmina’s secret life and her involvement in Mirman Baheer, a women’s literary society based in Kabul. Read her reporting and some of the poetry of Afghanistan’s women here.
We’re highlighting our female journalists all week for International Women’s Day on March 8th.
Nina Simone sings “Images,” original lyrics from William Waring Cuney’s poem “No Images.” Yesterday was the birthday of Nina Simone, a singer and civil rights activist. Ebony discusses casting Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. Plus, more poems for Black History Month.