Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak
  • Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak
  • Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak
ISBN: 1587296063
EAN13: 9781587296062
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 15, 2007
Pages: 72
Dimensions: 0.5" H x 8" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Since 2002, at least 775 men have been held in the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. According to Department of Defense data, fewer than half of them are accused of committing any hostile act against the United States or its allies. In hundreds of cases, even the circumstances of their initial detainment are questionable.
This collection gives voice to the men held at Guantanamo. Available only because of the tireless efforts of pro bono attorneys who submitted each line to Pentagon scrutiny, Poems from Guantanamo brings together twenty-two poems by seventeen detainees, most still at Guantanamo, in legal limbo.
If, in the words of Audre Lorde, poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, these verses some originally written in toothpaste, others scratched onto foam drinking cups with pebbles and furtively handed to attorneys are the most basic form of the art.
Death Poem by Jumah al Dossari
Take my blood.
Take my death shroud and
The remnants of my body.
Take photographs of my corpse at the grave, lonely.
Send them to the world,
To the judges and
To the people of conscience,
Send them to the principled men and the fair-minded.
And let them bear the guilty burden before the world,
Of this innocent soul.
Let them bear the burden before their children Read More chevron_right

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