Poems from Gitmo

by Rachel Baker on December 20, 2007

Did you guys know prisoners in Gitmo pass their time writing poetry?

According to Guardian Unlimited Books: “Some of the 17 men whose work is published in Poems From Guantánamo: The Detainees Speak have been released, but most remain behind bars. A handful were writers, poets or journalists before their capture but many were writing for the first time.

The poems were collected by Professor Marc Falkoff, an American law professor who has represented 17 of the prisoners. He noticed that in the correspondence with the outside world the prisoners would often include fragments of verse and even whole poems.”

I think this might be pretty interesting to read.  Here’s an excerpt of one of the poems:

British former detainee Moazzem Begg:

“Dreams are shattered, hopes are battered,
Yet with new status one is flattered!
The irony of it-detention, and all:
Be so small, and stand so tall.”

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