Today I am the guest editor on The Tuesday Poem Hub, featuring Abdullah, Servant of God by Christchurch poet, Wade Bishop.
Wade has kindly provided a background to the poem, which begins:
” Syria was never on my “must see” list when I was traveling, but just happened to be “on the way” when I planned an overland trip from Turkey to Egypt in 1997. … Syria has always been sold as the “hotbed of terrorism”, the home of “tea towel wearing extremists” … I wasn’t sure what to expect.”
And in my commentary, as guest editor, I observe the following (among a deal else):
“When I first heard Wade Bishop read Abdullah, The Servant of God at the Canterbury Poets’ Collective several weeks ago, I was struck by the extent to which the poem not only addressed a real and pressing international issue, but did so out of direct experience. The authenticity of that experience speaks from every line of the poem …”
“Abdullah, The Servant of God
He was not a handsome man
not even in possession of a face that was easy to look into
it was journey twisted and wrinkled like a baby at birth
……………………only his never smoothed
the folds filled with hopes and wonders …”
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