The talk engaged with her beautiful, poignant and strong poetry which evokes the suffering and pain felt from exile and war. We discussed the themes of identity, nationalism, memory, displacement, poets in exile, poetry as a medium and how language is used to evoke pain and what language means today.
Through writting about her childhood and family, her poems brings politics into the everyday and the everyday into politics. A life intertwined with war, exile and everyday chores. Intertwined, like branches of a tree. A tree blossoming through Choman Hardi's poetry. Her message and voice grows in a soil watered by her poems.
Here are some pictures of the evening and we hope to see you all at the next Book and Talk SOAS Book Club!