Thanks to Rattle magazine’s announcement of their chapbook winners, I discovered a talented poet and a mesmerizing poetry recitation today. Check out Zaina Hashem Beck’s performance with Lebanon’s Fahya Choir on this YouTube video.
Wait and watch the video that comes immediately after. She recites another poem titled “My mother’s essay”, this one without music. But it will grab your attention, nevertheless. The story of a woman struggling with her English, a daughter’s impatience with her mother’s ineptitude and the realization that language is no barrier really when you are communicating experiences that are universal.