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Gaza’s Poets

Despite lack of support from official sources, poets manage to get by in Gaza, writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
Palestinian family enjoy the warm weather on a Gaza City beach September 18, 2005. Thousands of armed Hamas militants marched through Gaza City on Sunday, defying efforts to remove unauthorised weapons from the streets just days after the Palestinian president vowed not to tolerate armed chaos. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis  yb/CN - RTROIK9
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — “I have no thirst above my forehead ... No love under my skin ... My waist is not snapping ... Nor has the cactus raised itself to my face ... I am on a horse of lust ... Combing the hair of freedom ... The gypsy girl is dancing and inspiring the world”

The poet Hind Jawdah started reading her poems during poetry evenings in Gaza City amid heavy attendance. It was standing room only after all seats in the small area at the French Cultural Center had been taken.

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