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Google Honors Female Arab Poet
Feministing ^ | 25 Aug | Vanessa/Lori

Posted on 08/25/2011 7:55:22 AM PDT by flowerplough

On Tuesday, Google celebrated the birthday of Nazik al-Malaika, a wonderful female poet, by honoring her with a “Google Doodle.” Al-Malaika was widely known in the Arab world. She passed away in June 2007.

Her obituary in the NY Times described her as “one of the Arab world’s most famous poets” and “one of a small group of Iraqi poets who broke away from classical Arab poetry, with its rigid metric and rhyme schemes.” It also illustrated how her poetry often dealt with women’s issues in brave and incredibly compelling ways, quoting from “To Wash Disgrace,” a poem about an honor killing:

"Oh mother, a rattle, tears and darkness

Blood gushed out, and the stabbed body trembled.

“Oh mother!” Heard only by the executioner

Tomorrow the dawn will come and roses will wake up

Youth and enchanted hopes will ask for her

The meadows and the flowers will answer:

She left to wash the disgrace.

The brutal executioner returns

And meets people

“Disgrace!” He wipes his knife

“We’ve torn it apart.”

And returned virtuous with a white reputation."

As Shelby Knox has pointed out at Feministe, the number of times that Google has honored a woman in this way is appallingly low.

(Excerpt) Read more at feministing.com ...


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1 posted on 08/25/2011 7:55:26 AM PDT by flowerplough
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To: flowerplough

Happy Veteran's Day, brave mujhadeen!


2 posted on 08/25/2011 7:58:19 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: flowerplough

I wonder, do the feminists realize she is celebrating the honor killing of a girl in that poem?


3 posted on 08/25/2011 7:58:35 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: flowerplough

are they sure it’s really and Arab girl this time, and not some dude in Colorado?


4 posted on 08/25/2011 8:08:30 AM PDT by MNDude (so that's what they meant by Carter's second term)
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To: flowerplough

I’ll be interested to see what they do for 9/11. Last year they did nothing.


5 posted on 08/25/2011 8:09:36 AM PDT by twhitak
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To: 5thGenTexan

I believe the Iraqi lady’s attempting to employ irony, which is sometimes, to some, lost in translation.


6 posted on 08/25/2011 8:40:29 AM PDT by flowerplough (Pelosi on Republicans: "They want to destroy food safety, clean air, clean water, ...")
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