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New Poems that Go "Beyond the Headlines" in Rojava

Posted on January 24, 2020

A poster supporting pro-democracy movements in Northern Syria, photographed on a street in Portland, Oregon. By Alan, 2018.

What is Rojava? In his introduction to new poetry from the region, recently published in Words Without Borders and aptly entitled "Beyond the Headlines," translator David Shook explains that this anonymous region of northern Syria, with its "publicly declared values of gender equality, environmental sustainability, and pluralism," recently faced a U.S.-condoned invasion from Turkey. Despite the uncertain future of Rojava:

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