Three Poems by Tahir Hamut

Hamut, Tahir. "Three Poems." Banango Street. Trans. Darren Byler. Web.

A city between Beijing and Baghdad. A city south of Siberia, north of the Himalayas; an oil town booming in the desert. This is Tahir Hamut’s Ürümchi. Written over eight years these poems narrate how Tahir has been seduced by the gray streets of a Chinese city – the capital of the expansive Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. They show us how despite himself he can’t escape; a rural boy from Kashgar has been captured by an urban world. They are poems filled with longing and exhaustion, enchantment and release.

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