thinking about poetry

March 15, 2015

Load Poems Like Guns

If you’re curious about the ambitions of people writing poetry, it’s instructive to drop in to Kickstarter or Indiegogo. You’ll find funding requests from people creating poetry books, apps, readings, events and assorted other projects. Some get funded; some don’t.

The International Women’s Poetry Exchange is a Kickstarter project with a week to go. The book is underway: Load Poems Like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan (Holy Cow Press!). Edited by Farzana Marie, a Ph.D. candidate in Middle Eastern literature at the University of Arizona, it’s a collection of the writing of eight contemporary Afghan women poets in English translation along with the original Persian Dari text.

The funding request is to bring one of the poets, Somaya Ramesh, to the United States to take part in a series of readings. Happily, her visa was approved and she arrived in time to participate, although they will not receive their funding unless they meet their goal (at this writing, they’re $245 shy of their $2000 goal) in the next week.

If the project sounds interesting, visit International Women’s Poetry Exchange. Even better, the last two readings on the tour are in the Cascadia region: Friday, March 20, 2015, 7:00pm, at The Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, and Sunday, March 22, 4:00pm, at Powell’s Books in Portland. Go!

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