Sitting at the intersection of modern technology and poetic tradition, In the Land of Shattered Windows aimed to bring voice to some of the major personal, political, and social conflicts that dictate daily life in Yemen today.
Through the exchange of audio recordings of original poems via Whatsapp, young creatives from the opposite sides of these conflicts will communicate alternative narratives to one another that shed light on the human aspects of daily life in Yemen that are missing from the international headlines.
The primary goal of “In the Land of Shattered Windows: Young Voices From a Broken Yemen” is to use poetry to bring young creatives from across Yemen into a meaning dialogue with one another about the various social, geographical, political, and cultural conflicts that currently dictate daily life there. Playing heavily on the imagery of windows, the poetic dialogues at the heart of the proposed project will be seen as a means by which both the audience and the contributors, Yemeni and international, can get a real and honest look into the daily lives of those still on the ground in Yemen despite the veritable black box that has formed around the country in terms of media coverage.
The implementation of the project began on 01 June 2018. Both partners believe that this project is a step towards breaking down the walls between Yemen and the outside world, amplifying the voices of young Yemenis so that their personal stories and perspectives can be heard everywhere. Through ‘Shattered Windows’, Listeners from all over the world can now gain access to real, honest narratives of the current situation in Yemen, allowing them to develop a fuller understanding of the conflict than is communicated via major news headlines.
Maxmarie Wilmoth, The Poetry Project
Ibi Ibrahim, Diwan Al Fan