3/26/17 Show Notes, ft. LynleyShimat Lys

The week’s show features the poetry of LynleyShimat Lys plus a musical playlist curated by the author.

Bio

LynleyShimat Lys (MFA, Queens College- CUNY, Poetry and Translation, 2016) is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and poetry editor of the Hawai’i Review. Lynley has taught Composition and Creative Writing courses at Queens College – CUNY and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Website: http://lynleyshimatlyspoetry.weebly.com

Artist Statement

Some background on the poems: I lived in East Jerusalem for 2.5 years during my MA in Middle Eastern Studies (Palestinian Poetry). I have been to Gaza once, in 1998, and have recently been reading the work of Gazzawi poet Soumaya El-Sousi (some of which can be found here). In my work, I am interested in supporting Palestinian sovereignty activism, and in presenting Gaza as a real place rather than a name on the news or a source of conflict. I have worked on translating Arabic literature into English, mostly Palestinian poetry.  

Playlist

  1. SONG: zahrat el madaen, by Fairuz فيروز القدس-زهرة المدائن.
  2. POEM: “Gaza as Whale”
  3. SONG: Fida’i (فدائي)
  4. POEM: “Salat of the Sus Fennel Juice Hymn”
  5. SONG: Ana Yousef – Marcel Khalife
  6. SONG: Rain song (انشودة المطر, 1960) – Badr Shakir Al-sayyab بدر شاكر السياب‎‎)
 
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