Our Men Do Not Belong to Us (Shire)

I went to a free poetry reading at the Poetry Foundation in Chicago (http://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/plan-a-visit). The first 4 poets were good, but 4 poets are a lot for one evening. But the organizers knew what they were doing by having Shire read last. Her words jolted the room. I left the event re-energized and bought this collection.

And then I forgot about it.

But Benedict Cumberbatch sent me back to it (http://time.com/4030957/benedict-cumberbatch-syrian-refugee-crisis/).

The poem he quotes, titled “Conversations about Home (at the Deportation Center),” is everything you need to know about the news today. It is a remarkable bit of poetic testimony.

The rest of the collection centers around the role of women in war-ravaged places. As with “Conversations,” these documentary poems are remarkably powerful.


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