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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Main stage - Saturday afternoon - Taslima Nasreen

Taslima Nasreen was the next up on the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon at the Dodge Poetry Festival . She is on political exile from Bangladesh as a result of her views on women's rights. She is stern and speaks deliberately. She must miss being with her family. She does not agree with the view that a woman's destiny is determined successively by her father, her husband, and her son.
After she made her opening statement the audience, almost a full tent, was silent. There was not a sound. Not even the cricket from the other evening broke the silence.
She paused a moment then went on to announce a poem to read.
"The commodity"
"Run, run"
"Happy marriage"
"Woman breaking bricks"
"Poem of Sabitha"  "it is for the well being of others that people write poetry"
"Elegy to my Mother"
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