On National Poetry Day, here’s a sonnet that’s like rap, a protest poem for racial justice

by Rashmee

Posted on October 1, 2020


Today is National Poetry Day in Britain and I’ve been thinking a great deal about …

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An AI breakthrough that may mean curtains for poets, journalists…and me

by Rashmee

Posted on July 23, 2020 / The Focus


I was very taken by economics professor Tyler Cowen’s recent rundown on an Artificial Intelligence …

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Ever tried Ramadan in a poem?

by Rashmee

Posted on May 6, 2019


I was very taken by Libyan-American Khaled Mattawa’s poem, which bears the simple title ‘Ramadan’.…

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Why we should miss the fading art of writing postcards

by Rashmee

Posted on January 25, 2019


  The other day I came across Pulitzer Prize-winning prose poet Charles Simic’s musings…

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A Chinese poet in the US faces his shadows

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2018


I wonder what Ha Jin, a Chinese poet who stayed back in the US after …

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Can a poem be as deadly as a tank?

by Rashmee

Posted on August 5, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


A poem has certainly never stopped a tank, Nobel literature laureate Seamus Heaney once wrote, …

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Tozeur in southern Tunisia wears its storied history fairly lightly

by Rashmee

Posted on June 1, 2018


    Aboul-Qacem Echebbi, the 20th century poet whose style is admired throughout the Arab …

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Does it matter that no poet graced the inauguration of President Donald Trump?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 21, 2017


Did it matter that no poet graced the inauguration of President Trump? Nah, the scoffers …

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A poem a day. Or how the oneness of the world – and self – can be poetically brought about

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2016


Hannah Arendt, the theorist who looked deep into the heart of political darkness, once said …

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‘America, I sing you back’. Musings from a naturalized American in age of Trump

by Rashmee

Posted on August 10, 2016


As a naturalized American, I think it’s fair to say that one is deeply fearful …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK