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A Poetry Daily Prose Feature:
I call. You're stone.
One day you'll look and find I'm gone.
"The teenage poet who uttered this folk poem called herself Rahila Muska. She lived in Helmand, a Taliban stronghold and one of the most restive of Afghanistan's thirty-four provinces since the U.S. invasion began on October 7, 2001. Muska, like many young and rural Afghan women, wasn't allowed to leave her home. Fearing that she'd be kidnapped or raped by warlords, her father pulled her out of school after the fifth grade. In her community, as in others, educating girls was seen as dishonorable as well as dangerous. Poetry, which she learned at home from women and on the radio, became her only continuing education."—Eliza Griswold, Introduction to I Am the Beggar of the World
As always for Poetry Month and our annual fund drive, we've asked 22 poets (including Jacquelyn Pope, Jamaal May, Joshua Weiner, and Caki Wilkinson) to select poems to be delivered to you by e-mail Monday through Friday of each week in April — their favorites from among The Greats — and to add their comments on the poems.
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"Shrapnel and Song"
M. P. Ritger on I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, edited by Eliza Griswold. (Los Angeles Review of Books)
• From the PD archive and I Am the Beggar of the World: "Introduction"
Recently Arrived Titles
These just in... Highlighted titles may be purchased from Poetry Daily / Amazon.com. A complete list of all books and journals recently received at Poetry Daily is also available.
- Money Money Money Water Water Water, Jane Mead (Alice James Books)
- Bad Star, Rebecca Hazelton (YesYes Books)
- American Barricade, Danniel Schoonebeek (YesYes Books)
- Boyishly, Tanya Olson (YesYes Books)
- The Bones of Us, J. Bradley and Adam Scott Mazer (YesYes Books)
- Cadaver, Speak, Marianne Boruch (Copper Canyon Press)
- They Don't Kill You Because They're Hungry, They Kill You Because They're Full, Mark Bibbins (Copper Canyon Press)
- Built to Take It: Selected Poems, 1996-2013 , Tom Wayman (Lynx House Press)
- Candy in Our Brains, Anne Barngrover and Avni Vyas (CutBank Books)
- What They Took Away, Dennis James Sweeney (CutBank Books)
- Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems, David McLoghlin (Salmon Poetry)
- Mayakovsky's Revolver (new in paperback), Matthew Dickman (W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.)
- Sexes: The Marriage Dialogues, Samuel Hazo (TriQuarterly Books)
- allegiance, francine j. harris (Wayne State University Press)
- Eye to Eye, Maria Terrone (Bordighera Press)
- To See the Sound, Darius Degher (David Robert Books)
- Alloy, Larry Johnson (David Robert Books)
- Of Dirt and Tar, June Sylvester Saraceno (Cherry Grove Collections)
- The Fantastic Congress of Oddities, Matt Zambito (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Angles of Departure, Marcene Gandolfo (Cherry Grove Collections)
- Lust, Diana Raab (CW Books)
- Have at You Now!, John Gery (CW Books)
- Baggage Claim, Perie Longo (WordTech Editions)
- Souvenir, Aimee Suzara (WordTech Editions)
- The Dividings, Kimberly L. Becker (WordTech Editions)
- Samsara, Jennifer Markell (Turning Point)
Original articles, interviews, selections from special collections and journal issues, and more are available in the Archives.