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Suheir Hammad:
Poems of war, peace, women, power

TEDWomen 2010 · 5:53 · Filmed Dec 2010
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Suheir Hammad: Poems of war, peace, women, power
5:53 · Filmed December 2010 at TEDWomen 2010 · Subtitles available in 34 languages

Poet Suheir Hammad performs two spine-tingling spoken-word pieces: "What I Will" and "break (clustered)" — meditations on war and peace, on women and power. Wait for the astonishing line: "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded."

Poet, playwright
In her poems and plays, Suheir Hammad blends the stories and sounds of her Palestinian-American heritage with the vibrant language of Brooklyn to create a passionately modern voice. Full bio
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