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Sukoot – The Scream

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From the Preface

This collection [of poems] was born out of a desire to confront the untold truths of those left out and ignored. In it, I have tried to make use of the legacy of Persian poetry and give a new life to the classical tradition in pursuit of a contemporary vision of poetry and mix it with the experiences of Iranians so that it reflects their fears, tumults, and painful history of people living in the confines of a unique realm of interaction—my homeland. I hope that by flipping through these pages, you find a connection between yourself and these peculiar subjects and take a direct look at the struggle of those fighting for what is the question of their being and not being, for their freedom. The struggle of those who have abandoned everything known to them, watching their homes being reduced to rubble, their loved ones being taken away, and their dreams being trampled under stomping boots. Those who are trying to follow what they call right. Those who keep moving on, finding peace amid chaos, and their words reflect the depth of their pain, sorrow, and ambition. I wanted to show those who challenge the norms, push against the limits and dare to say something different with a tight rope around their neck. I wanted to show beautiful things that are ugly in the eyes of others and play with the idea that the strength of the human spirit is enough to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. I only hope that I will be able to do something like some of these subjects in the world around me, to stand up against unkindness and discrimination and be a voice for those silenced, even if my own mouth is muzzled.

M. Sukoot

What Other Readers Think

What is the name of the force by which a whirlpool sucks you down below the surface and holds you underwater? I’m sure M. Sukoot knows the word for it, because that is the pull I felt as I moved through The Scream. In this collection, the vortex of human suffering opens up with ineluctable power to guide the reader into and out of the abyss, vivifying the unbearable with formal ingenuity and sonic pyrotechnics, while reminding us of what it means to live through what we think we cannot survive. Sukoot spins the world; these narratives come into focus and blur in turn, like a spinning top that slows and speeds of its own accord. I was so grateful to get lost in these poems. I was so grateful to be led back out.

Jason Schneiderman, Ph.D. — author of Self Portrait of Icarus as a Country on Fire, award winning poet and Associate Professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

In The Scream, M. Sukoot challenges the traditional conception of Persian poetry and the art of translation. Through an elaborate process involving translation from Farsi and Turkish, erasure, and other techniques, Sukoot creates visceral poems that plunge the reader into the world of the oppressed of Iran, whose poets have for centuries spoken life and truth over the people.

In a modern Blakean symbiosis of poetry and provocative drawings, Sukoot exploits his love of language(s) and his ability to portray the depth of human suffering with vivid witness of murder, rape, and excoriation of young and old women and men—everyone who dares to think and refuses to toe the line, who have had to learn “how to swim with their hands tied to their back.”

Yet he refuses to turn his back on the beauty inherent in nature and the resilient human spirit, calling out to the “angels of torture” for manumission, redemption, with the vision of “a world of which / each and every corner / is a true sanctuary, / where there is no fake news, / and inhabitants / will have the freedom and the capacity to live in peace,” even when God plays a broken santoor. From poems that scream to those that sob, from those that drive down the page in angst to those that dance across the page, from traditional free verse to Persian ghazals, the poems of The Scream will jostle you awake.

Kathleen McCoy, Ph.D. — author of Ringing the Changes and Green and Burning, award winning poet and Distinguished Professor of English, SUNY Adirondack

Out of pain, trauma “as the anthem of war comes to an end,” Sukoot dares to draw the “sacred utterance.” In anguish, a silence breaks open, asks what wrongdoings can be righted when there is “no ear to hear…no eye to see.” The Scream awakens sorrow, alienation, and provides apt courage, through word and image,to lament the long aggrieved. An essential, passionate collection, which wrestles against the physical domination of spirit.

Maureen Alsop, Ph.D. — author of Pyre, award winning poet and associate editor of Poemeleon

Is it a cry born out of pain, an act of defiance or an appeal for understanding? The Scream is a courageous book that revivifies repetition as the tradition of classical Persian poetry. Through these assemblages, Sukoot illuminates the narratives of an author—and a people—who have been to hell and back, and been traumatized by wounds so deep they may never heal. Bearing witness to agonies of oppression and the shock of tyranny, the poems reverberate in the brain long after they have touched us on the page.

Rebecca Ruth Gould, Ph.D. — author of Writers and Rebels and Distinguished Professor of Comparative Poetics and Global Politics, SOAS, University of London

A bold exploration of the many voices that lie between the Iranian people and the Persian literary heritage, this is an intense and moving collection that will be loved by those who are familiar with Iranian literature as well as new readers. This is protest poetry at its most beautiful, poetic, and raw.

Aaron Kent — author of The Working Classic and award winning director of Broken Sleep Books

About the Author

/n. (Persian) complete absence of sound.
a short appointed period of time during which people stand still and do not speak as a sign of respect for a dead person or group of people.

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Book Details

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Handcar Press (12 December, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover and Paperback ‏ : ‎ 148 pages
ISBN ‏ : ‎ 978-1-68315-077-0 (hardcover)
ISBN  : 978-1-68315-063-3 (paperback)

Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.05 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7 x 0.28 x 10 inches

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