“The Arab Beat Generation”

Mona Kareem

“This year has been the perfect time for Allen Ginsberg to recite his poem “Howl” inside my mind. At times, I’ve had to scream with him “Moloch! Moloch! when watching scenes of protesters being killed in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and the rest of revolting countries, seeing them opening up their chests for a ticket to the heaven of freedom. What an expensive ticket the soul is!” (Mona Kareem, 24-year-old Kuwaiti journalist and poet, quoted this past weekend in the Toronto Star

“We”, she goes on to declare, “are the Arab Beat Generation, yet we have no face; we’ve already set it on fire. We have no Kerouac, no Ginsberg, no Cassady…” Read her full statement here.

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