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poetinahat
03-07-2016, 12:18 AM
Sent to me by a high-school friend who grew up in New York, but has lived in Yangon for some time.

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-bizarre-trial-of-a-poet-in-myanmar

kborsden
03-07-2016, 12:44 AM
“You can arrest only the poets/ Not the poems/ Never,”

This story is both amazing and disturbing. Benjamin Zephaniah (http://benjaminzephaniah.com/) is a poet who calls himself a poet, writer, lyricist, musician and troublemaker. He believes that trouble making is the task of the poet where justice and democracy are failing; that only poetry can transcend the social boundaries and make music from awefulness; music that can bring change. His may be a self-claimed label, but through the ages there have been many, Alexander Pushkin, Jonathan Swift, James Russell Lowell, and even John Milton --- I guess Maung Saungkha finds himself in good company in that regard. The story also highlights how lucky we are to be able to voice, and satirize freely.