July 11, 2012, - 5:19 pm

New Must Have for Your Library: “Poetry of the Taliban” – No Joke

By Debbie Schlussel

Yes, there is actually a book out now, entitled, “Poetry of the Taliban (Columbia/Hurst).” You know, the cold-blooded Islamic murderers of countless American soldiers and even more of their own fellow Afghans. Yup, the same guys that just shot a woman at point blank range nine times to settle a dispute between two Talibani officers. The same guys who execute seven-year-old boys after using and gang-raping them as sex slaves. And the Los Angeles Times has a disgusting article gushing about in probably the same way they would have about the “Poetry of the SS” had the same writers been around then. Pol Pot’s ghost is regretting that all this hipster worship came too late for his poetry edition.


Best-selling author and former New York Times Reporter Joel Engel–whose best-selling books include The Oldest Rookie: Big-League Dreams from a Small-Town Guy [Hardcover], which became the hit movie, “The Rookie,” and a new book, “L.A. ’56: A Devil in the City of Angels” (which I’ll soon review on this site)–has a FANTASTIC critique/commentary on this exercise in absurdity and the LA Times’ sickening drool-fest. Here’s a taste–note that he’s also posted some of the “poetry”:

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, Kindle or hard copy? But maybe I should wait for the boxed set with Sonnets from Portuguese Nazis and Love Songs of the KKK.

Here’s how the Times’s Laura King summarizes the Taliban’s artistic efforts:

Denounced by some as propaganda by the enemy in America’s longest war, hailed by others as a rare window on a largely hidden world, the verse assembled in “Poetry of the Taliban” is by turns bombastic and introspective, dark and mirthful, ugly and lyrical — and perhaps above all, surprising in its unabashedly emotional tone.

Why we need a “rare window” when for a decade we’ve had a front-row seat is unexplained

Read the rest.

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46 Responses

The wind was placid;
I through the acid;
and the now blind girls learned no more.

A dynamite laden cart
helped destroy 10th century art
what is next on the chart?

Okay, maybe I am not as good as Mohammed the explosives expert, but then I don’t have the gift of killing, err, poetry writing.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I threw the acid;

    I think that’s what you meant to say.

    Miranda Rose Smith on July 12, 2012 at 6:11 am

Oops correction.

The wind was placid;
I threw the acid;
and the now blind girls learn no more.

Sorry for the grammatical mistake.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 11, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Sorry I didn’t notice your correction.

    Miranda Rose Smith on July 12, 2012 at 6:12 am

I wonder if they have any poems about that famous man from Nantucket.

Ari Mendelson on July 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    You mean the one who kept all his cash in a bucket?

    Miranda Rose Smith on July 12, 2012 at 3:19 am

More Taliban poetry:

We will slaughter the Jews,
and the Christians in their pews,

We will rule and create much drama,
Thank allah for our hidden ally Obama.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Unfortunately there is a precedent, which many readers of this post will remember.

In the 60s especially there was a great deal of anti-Semitic poetry written by Blacks, which was glorified by the ‘intellectuals’. In 1968, the Metropolitan Museum of Art had an exhibit called Harlem on my Mind (sic). The catalog opened with this lovely poem by a Harlem 5th grader

Hey Jewboy, with that Yarmulke on your Head
You Paleface Jewboy, I wish you were dead.

And all the so-called intellectuals thought that was a wonderful poem. So they don’t learn.

Little Al on July 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I remember that poem.

    Miranda Rose Smith on July 12, 2012 at 3:20 am

I didn’t even think the Taliban WERE capable of ANY art. They spend more time destroying it than making it.

Ghostwriter on July 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I was surprised they wrote poetry! We know very well what Islamic terrorists think of the works of Man as well of people.

    In the news awhile back, there was a story of Islamic terrorists destroying a Sufi Mosque in Timbuktu. I really can’t wait for a poetry volume from them to be released soon!

    NormanF on July 11, 2012 at 7:29 pm


SS officers, NKVD officers and Pol Pot’s thugs wrote poetry. So does Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Muslim Brotherhood!

What on earth does that prove – except to show that very evil people can be culturally refined? It doesn’t prove they’re decent people!

Intellectuals have been the worst mass murderers in history. Whoever assembled this islamic terrorist poetry anthology should be take out and… well let’s just say given the same kind of treatment the “Taliban poets” part to those in their sight.

Sick, depraved and outrageous fall far short in describing the nature of this “literary work.” Like we all really need to hear how Islamic terrorists spend their free time when they’re not killing people!

A writer isn’t necessarily a good person – as I told you all about Oliver Stone this past weekend, brilliance at the form doesn’t necessarily mean the person is conscientious towards others. This is just more “halal crap” our popular culture neither needs nor wants to know.

NormanF on July 11, 2012 at 7:22 pm

@ JEG – Hey, your Taliban-poems are lovely! Who needs the book?

DS_ROCKS! on July 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

“Novels of the Muslim World” for 500, Alex.
The answer: Tom SawYer Head Off.
The correct answer in the form of a question: What is the novel that’s topped the Muslim World’s best seller list for 72,000 straight weeks.
(Must be the two hours I spent in the dentist’s chair this afternoon)

lee, of the lower case "l" on July 11, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Roses are red
Violets are blue
I’ll chop off your head
Akbar Allahu!

Matt on July 11, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Those who are kind to the cruel are cruel to the kind.

I don’t care WHAT I was. I always knew when something this bogus and heinous was WRONG. Some people don’t and I want to know who they are so I can shun them and tell all who will listen what pitch they are.

Skunky on July 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Skunky, I think this calls for mandatory gender reassignment followed by a frontal lobotomy. It would allow the Taliban to achieve their true lyrical potential without any hormonal or anger management issues getting in the way. 😉

    Worry on July 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm

It is about as edifying as the diary of a serial killer would be. Also, most of those foot soldiers are illiterate, so this jumble was put together by the editors/authors to a great extent.

Worry on July 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Let’s not forget that the late Ayatollah Khomeini also wrote poetry, an activity he enjoyed when not issuing rulings that sex with animals was acceptable in Islam and that Muslim girls should, ideally, be married off before they begin to menstruate, citing the Prophet’s consummation of his marriage to the nine year old Aisha.

commonsense on July 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Yes, he was such a charming gent.

    Worry on July 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I don’t have much to say on this article, but as I was reading JEG’s few comments with his satire-like poems, I completely LMAO.

That was terrific and hilarious Jonathan, and DS_Rock is right, who needs the book.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    Read the satire poems the author wrote at the link. They are hilarious.

    Louie Louie on July 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Do you think they’d give good spin to Israeli settler poetry? Debbie there’s exciting news from Egypt. The Brotherhood wants to destroy the pyramids and the sphinx thing. I for one can’t wait to see those go up in dust. Without western visitors and dollars Egypt will get more and more backwards and in a few years Israel can take back the Sinai, B’H.

A1 on July 11, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Violets are blue
Do what the Koran says
We blow ourselves up
With rags on our heads

How’s that poem work for you Taliban drtbags.

Ken b on July 11, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Jon & Ken

You should write a book and put it up in the same section as this author 🙂 Maybe you’ll separate some Mullahs from their moolah

Infidel on July 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Love Songs of the KKK.

“Love Songs of the KKK?” Quite possibly that wouldn’t be so bad. I’m willing to bet you there’ve been hillbilly and country western bands, over the years, made up of misicians and singers who secretly-or openly-supported the KKK-and sang quite well.

Miranda Rose Smith on July 12, 2012 at 3:16 am

More poetry from the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood:

To kill a Jew is a beautiful thing,
It makes me want to stand up and sing,

Killing a Christian is not bad either,
Afterwards, a smoke and a breather.

Jonathan E. Grant on July 12, 2012 at 8:39 am

Oh, Allah in heaven
I’ll meet you at eleven
For you, I would drop to my knees
And kill those who would sneeze
At your eternal truths.

Profound. Simply profound.

Seek on July 12, 2012 at 11:11 am

Allah sweet Allah
Attacking infidels is moot
Cause when you think about it
They too know how to shoot.

Put that in your unfiltered camel and smoke it Taliban.

Ken b on July 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

There was a young Imam from Afghanistan
Who had doubts about being a man
He wore robes and fine hats
And loved other men where they sat
And controlled his lusts with the Koran.

He thought about surahs
He thought about adhan
and all day he thought about the Din
But for all of his thoughts
Which came mostly to naught
He thought most about his lust for sin.

His gallant reflex
He beat into submission
with twigs and boughs
and anything permissive
He did not want to think about sex
So he thought about sheep
and the rest of that tale is tawdry and cheap

His days came to and end
When he participated in
A bomb making class for the Talyib
He crossed his wires, because he was tired
From all of that thinking of sheep.

So now he resides
In a place without Tides
In a place hotter than hot
With men like him who exclaim
“Fresh meat” for their games
And nary a virgin in sight.

The End

Jack on July 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

On a broader scale, it has been surprising to me for a long time how many people maintain intellectual pretensions. They may be stupid as hell, or maybe average, or even a little above average on the bell-shaped curve, but they try to maintain an aura of intellectual competence or ability.

Sometimes they bone up on one narrow subject, and discuss it incessantly, to try to impress people. Sometimes they recite random facts that they have memorized or mismemorized to try to impress people at the cocktail party or dinner table.

And sometimes they write poetry.

They often do this to present a facade of intelligence and sensitivity, even if the poetry is lousy, and it is form over substance. Our society is so dumbed-down that most of the people who listen to them either can’t tell the difference, or for ulterior (political) motives don’t want to tell the difference.

And in a broader sense, this trend is exacerbated by the movement to ‘express your feelings’. In this regard, the feelgood movement and the pseudo-intellectual movement intersect.

Little Al on July 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

I want to hear some Polish poetry now.

skzion on July 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I aint gonna touch that one with a ten foot Pole.

    Ken b on July 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Skzion, I’m aware you were sarcastic and were trying to be funny by voicing an untrue stereotype about Poles. I am ready to show the documented factual and not hearsay sources to strenghten my argument why it is an ignorant and harmful, can you?

    Still I would like to provide a link to a couple of late Wislawa Szymborska’s poems.
    Czeslaw Milosz is also worth reading.


    Bart on July 13, 2012 at 6:26 am

I think it would be pretty funny if Achmed the dead terrist (Jeff Dunham) did a comedy routine where he read from this poetry book.

Jarhead on July 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

I’d like to know more about the odd couple that edited this thing. Alex von von und Felix? Are they in the shower building business?

Not Ovenready on July 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

How about a little Dr. Mohammed Seuss?

I love my sheep I really do,
with her I always try to screw,

And after the camel makes her poo,
I try to do it to that animal too!

Jonathan E. Grant on July 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Thou art a poet
    Though Thou does’t not know it

    Not Ovenready on July 12, 2012 at 5:28 pm

3 men had raped her, my daughter had claimed
not enough witnesses to save her from shame
i shed a few tears as i slit her throat
i could have traded her for a goat!

…maybe not all that funny, but that’s the value of life in the death cult

theShadow on July 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

The whole concept is quite depraved. Reminds me of the Eddie Murphy ‘Kill my Landlord…C-I-L-L…kill’ sketch, and just as absurd.

Hitler was an artist, Stalin a poet.
So much for the fine arts.

theShadow on July 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

DISGUSTING!! Absolutey disgusting, vile and despicable and reprehensible that the evil taliban have apublished book of poetry!!

Dave on July 13, 2012 at 4:30 am

Talibans are rednecks of the Muslim world. Debbie is redneck of the

Myron on July 13, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Western world. Her blog is compareable to Taliban poetry. Same level of intelligence. Zero.

Myron on July 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Wasn’t Ho Chi Minh a calligraphy artist?

Abu Farel on March 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

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