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Poetry Sunday: The Fierce, Secret Songs of Afghan Women

By Deborah Harkins
By Deborah Harkins

"I’ll make a tattoo from my lover’s blood and shame every rose in the green garden."

This is one of the many raw, earthy "landays" (folk couplets) that women in Afghanistan have been singing to one another for centuries—singing in secret, for to be discovered would be to risk a beating. . . possibly even death.

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