Home / Media / Audio / KUOW Public Radio

KUOW Public Radio

 

Enlarge Icon
CREDIT: COURTESY OF CARY LOREN

A second life: The poetry of Iraqi-American Dunya Mikhail

 

We recorded a unique event last month. The Elliott Bay Company’s Rick Simonson had been trying to get the Iraqi-American writer Dunya Mikhail to come for a reading for over a decade. The moment finally materialized.

To start, Mikhail read from her poems in Arabic, with Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna reading the English translations. The substance of the poems and the music of their joint reading made for absorbing listening.

 Mikhail is the author of three volumes of poetry: “The War Works Hard,” “Diary of a Wave Outside the Sea” and “The Iraqi Nights.” Her most recent work is “The Beekeeper: Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq.” In it, she interviews women who escaped capture and enslavement by Daesh (ISIS).

 In an NPR interview, Mikhail said, “I still believe that poetry is not medicine — it’s an X-ray. It helps you see the wound and understand it. We all feel alienated because of this continuous violence in the world. We feel alone, but we feel also together. So we resort to poetry as a possibility for survival. However, to say I survived is not so final as to say, for example, I’m alive. We wake up to find that the war survived with us.”

These readings took place at The Elliott Bay Book Company on August 6. KUOW’s Jennie Cecil Moore recorded the event.

Listen to the full versions below: 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About dunyapoet

60 comments

  1. Hi! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same topics? Thanks!

  2. Hey very cool web site!! Man .. Excellent .. Amazing .. I will bookmark your website and take the feeds also…I am happy to find so many useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .

  3. you’re really a good webmaster. The site loading speed is amazing. It seems that you’re doing any unique trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you have done a wonderful job on this topic!

  4. Woah! I’m really loving the template/theme of this blog. It’s simple, yet effective. A lot of times it’s challenging to get that “perfect balance” between usability and appearance. I must say you have done a excellent job with this. Also, the blog loads extremely quick for me on Safari. Outstanding Blog!

  5. Really nice layout and fantastic articles, practically nothing else we want : D.

  6. Fantastic goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just extremely excellent. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it sensible. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is actually a wonderful website.

  7. Very interesting points you have observed, thankyou for posting.

  8. I like this site very much, Its a really nice office to read and get info . “Education is the best provision for old age.” by Aristotle.

  9. Of course, what a great website and illuminating posts, I surely will bookmark your blog.Have an awsome day!

  10. Thank you for sharing with us, I conceive this website really stands out : D.

  11. At this time it appears like WordPress is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.
    (from what I’ve read) Is that what you are
    using on your blog?

  12. Having read this I believed it was rather informative. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to put this short
    article together. I once again find myself personally spending a lot of time both reading and commenting.
    But so what, it was still worth it!

  13. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community.
    Your web site offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful
    to you.

  14. You made some decent points there. I looked on the web to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

  15. I am very happy to read this. This is the type of manual that needs to be given and not the accidental misinformation that’s at the other blogs. Appreciate your sharing this greatest doc.

  16. There is certainly a great deal to learn about this issue. I love all the points you’ve made.

  17. Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and the rest of the site is extremely good.

  18. Good site you have got here.. It’s hard to find excellent writing like yours these days. I truly appreciate people like you! Take care!!

  19. Everyone loves it when people get together and share opinions. Great site, continue the good work!

  20. This is a topic that’s close to my heart… Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  21. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Finding the time and actual effort to produce a really good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t manage to get nearly anything done.

  22. Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon every day. It’s always useful to read articles from other authors and practice a little something from other sites.

  23. This is a topic which is close to my heart… Cheers! Exactly where are your contact details though?

  24. I absolutely love your website.. Pleasant colors & theme. Did you make this amazing site yourself? Please reply back as I’m planning to create my very own blog and want to know where you got this from or what the theme is named. Cheers!

  25. Aw, this was an extremely nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to make a top notch article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

  26. Can I simply just say what a relief to find someone who genuinely understands what they’re discussing over the internet. You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More and more people need to check this out and understand this side of your story. It’s surprising you aren’t more popular given that you surely have the gift.

  27. This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I’ve found something that helped me. Thanks!

  28. I’m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog that’s both educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is something too few folks are speaking intelligently about. Now i’m very happy I found this in my hunt for something relating to this.

  29. Nice blog here! Also your site loads up very fast! What web host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my site loaded up as fast as yours lol|

  30. I was very happy to discover this page. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely savored every part of it and I have you book marked to look at new things on your website.

  31. It’s going to be finish of mine day, however before ending I am reading this impressive article to increase my experience.|

  32. You made some good points there. I looked on the net to learn more about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this website.

  33. An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me dinner simply because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this subject here on your web site.

  34. I go to see day-to-day a few websites and blogs to read posts, however this web site presents quality based posts.|

  35. Fantastic items from you, man. I’ve keep in mind your stuff previous to and you are simply too fantastic. I really like what you’ve got right here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which during which you assert it. You’re making it enjoyable and you still care for to stay it wise. I cant wait to read far more from you. That is really a great site.|

  36. Appreciation to my father who given to me on the subject of
    this weblog, this weblog is genuinely awesome.

    my web site EmelyODorame

  37. Howdy would you mind letting me know which hosting company you’re using? I’ve loaded your blog in 3 different web browsers and I must say this blog loads a lot faster then most. Can you suggest a good web hosting provider at a honest price? Kudos, I appreciate it!|

  38. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it develop over time.|

  39. This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks a lot!

  40. Its such as you learn my thoughts! You seem to know so much approximately this, like you wrote the e book in it or something. I feel that you could do with some to force the message home a bit, but instead of that, that is great blog. An excellent read. I’ll certainly be back.|

  41. Hi would you mind sharing which blog platform you’re working with? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time making a decision between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S Apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!|

  42. I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  43. I was very pleased to discover this great site. I wanted to thank you for ones time for this fantastic read!! I definitely savored every part of it and i also have you saved to fav to see new things in your web site.

  44. This is a topic which is close to my heart… Cheers! Where are your contact details though?|

  45. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an really long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say fantastic blog!|

  46. It is the best time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have learn this submit and if I may I want to suggest you some interesting issues or advice. Perhaps you could write subsequent articles regarding this article. I want to read more issues about it!|

  47. The very next time I read a blog, I hope that it won’t disappoint me as much as this one. After all, Yes, it was my choice to read through, but I genuinely believed you’d have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of crying about something that you could fix if you weren’t too busy searching for attention.

  48. Excellent article. I’m going through a few of these issues as well..|

  49. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this article and the rest of the website is also really good.

  50. I’ve been browsing online more than 2 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. Personally, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.|

  51. I used to be able to find good advice from your blog articles.

  52. Spot on with this write-up, I honestly think this site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to read through more, thanks for the info!

  53. Ahaa, its fastidious conversation concerning this article here at this blog, I have read all that, so now me also commenting at this place.|

  54. Wonderful post! We are linking to this great article on our site. Keep up the great writing.|

  55. Hi all, here every one is sharing these kinds of familiarity, so it’s fastidious
    to read this webpage, and I used to visit this website daily.

  56. Every weekend i used to pay a quick visit this website, as i
    want enjoyment, since this this website conations really fastidious funny stuff too.

  57. I have been surfing online greater than 3 hours these days, but I by no means found any fascinating article like yours. It’s lovely value enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made just right content material as you probably did, the net will be a lot more useful than ever before.|

  58. I just want to tell you that I’m new to blogging and site-building and honestly loved this blog. Likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You actually come with great articles and reviews. Thanks for sharing with us your website.

  59. Great article! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for now not positioning this put up higher! Come on over and seek advice from my website . Thank you =)|

  60. I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It is pretty worth enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be a lot more useful than ever before.|

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*