The quest of poetic justice carries Marc Falkoff’s 2007 anthology Poems from Guantanamo: The Detainees Speak into the court of public (literary) opinion. While the Pentagon asserts that poetry poses special security risks, and related translation issues may obscure the artistry or message of some of the 17 poets’ verse, Falkoff’s volume nevertheless gives prisoners’ voices a forum in which they might be heard. At the nexus of legal and literary scholarship, poetic voice and its expression become a site of deconstructing identity. The Guantanamo poets invite readers to explore the ways that aesthetics form perceptions of their identity as alleged enemy combatants, creating a literary forum which replaces the traditional courtroom.
Reardon, Kristina H..
"“Amidst the Chime of the Razor Wire”: Narrating Poetic Justice in Guantanamo Bay."
The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal,
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