About Muslim American PoetsAmerican poetry flourishes with multicultural literary presence and the Muslim Poetry production is taken a great place with poets like Kazim Ali, Raza Ali Hasan, Ibtisam Barakat, Fady Joudah, Khaled Mattawa and Mohja Kahf, an Arab-American writer which the New York Times report that she captures the breach in a single title, like her poem built around respecting prayer rituals, called “My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom at Sears.”
Relations between the sexes is a subject she said she often used when asked to do readings to church groups around Arkansas. The women cannot always relate to stories about Muslim immigrant anxieties, she said, but she finds common ground with poetry talking about a man’s chest as “that forested mountain with the bluffs and crags where a woman likes to hide.” Like Kazim Ali in his poem Ramadan published here, in one poem about the holy fasting month of Ramadan, she laments that after abstaining from food and sex all day, then gorging at night, nobody is ever in the mood for lovemaking. “Ramadan is not a time for thongs” was a huge laugh line for her San Francisco audience. Here are presented some of the best Muslim American Poets along with a various selection of their respective poems.
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