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Masterful combo: Aya El Zinati’s video of Susan Abulhawa reading ‘Black’

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During the recent power outages Gazan Aya El Zinati made this knockout video with clips of her friend Susan Abulhawa reading ‘Black’, a masterful harsh/heart-thrashing critical poem from her first volume of poetry My Voice Sought the Wind.

El Zinati’s artistry is mature, unexpected and disconcerting. A personal beauty-cultural-ness synchronizes, pulls in the viewer collapsing Abulhawa’s soothing luring voice with strong medicine/racist historical images, and it becomes a love poem. The fast pace and calm music (and Abulhawa always slays me ) rollercoaster’d me to tears in this four minute video.


Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. kayq on November 25, 2013, 9:47 am

    Thank you for sharing this, Annie.

    It is absolutely beautiful.

    I need to get my hands on a copy of Susan Abulhawa’s new poetry volume.

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