Tal­iban Po­etry

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It was very in­ter­est­ing to read your ar­ti­cle on the re­cently re­leased book, “Po­etry of the Tal­iban.” Though its pub­li­ca­tion has sparked off a se­ries of de­bates and con­spir­a­cies, as an avid reader it is thrilling and eye-open­ing to read the words of Tal­iban fight­ers and get an in­sight into their way of think­ing and per­spec­tives, through the use of po­etry. Po­etry is deeply em­bed­ded in Afghan cul­ture and dates back to the tradition of Per­sian and Pashtu lit­er­a­ture.

Cit­i­zens around the world are con­stantly re­minded of the ruth­less na­ture and vi­o­lent tac­tics of Tal­iban fight­ers through dis­turb­ing im­ages, which re­flect this group’s mind­set. At the same time how­ever, this book doesn’t at­tempt to pro­vide a de­fense of Tal­iban ac­tions but rather pro­vokes the reader to aban­don all pre-con­ceived no­tions and ab­sorb the vivid­ness and el­e­gance of the po­etry with an open mind.

I think most peo­ple would be able to en­joy this book, even though it is trans­lated from Pashtu thus los­ing most of its fi­nesse. While the Tal­iban world­view and ide­ol­ogy is bla­tantly ex­pres­sive, it is nonethe­less a won­der­ful ini­tia­tive un­der­taken by the pub­lish­ers to present to the world, a Tal­iban per­spec­tive through rich, el­e­gant po­etry.

Me­hzur Baksh Kabul, Afghanistan

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