Monday, February 14, 2011

For Becky: Poems of War, Peace, Women, and Power by Suheir Hammad

La-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la....

Nothin' wrong with a little love on Valentine's Day.

But there's love, and life, and culture, and politics. They are all wrapped up together. Below, Suheir Hammad gives an interesting performance of two poems that trace this interrelatedness and show how love can be much deeper than the paternalistic sentimentalism that our culture usually vaunts as the romantic ideal.

To me, Hammad's performance exceeds the poems themselves, yet her articulation is strong and engaging. Her message is one of self-determining power.

More power to you, my spouse and partner. We've got a good love. La-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la-la, La-la-la-laaaah.

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