A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Yasmina El Hilali “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” When I was a fourteen-year-old wide-eyed kid, I hadn’t yet heard of the empowering and bold Jane Eyre. Living everyday life between the confines of my home, high school and the library, I was searching for a sense of identity. It would take a while before I’d find it. On the shelves of the local library, I stumbled upon Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. And long before I would know miss … Continue reading A Thousand Splendid Suns

Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle

Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle by Yasmina El Hilali “And then he was swinging away, channeling a chi ancient as Equiano. The power was passed down from mothers guarding their sons from the lash, and later from the pyre, rope, fat sheriff. My father swung with the power of an army  of slaves in revolt. He swung like he was afraid like the world was closing in on him, like was trying to save my life” In my last year of university, I was looking for a thesis topic when my professor suggested I look into … Continue reading Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle

Rupi Kaur’s poetry

Rupi Kaur’s poetry by Mojdeh Feili My introduction to Rupi Kaur’s work was through her first poetry collection called milk and honey. I had heard several people mention it and had no idea what to expect. I ordered the book because it was on sale, thinking I could give it a chance. Soon, I fell in love with her poetry. First, let me tell you a little bit about Rupi Kaur herself. She was born in Punjab, India and moved to Canada with her family when she was only four years old. She published milk and honey by means of … Continue reading Rupi Kaur’s poetry