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Story Publication logo June 19, 2013

Ancient Afghan Poetry Form Adapts to Tell Story of Modern Life and Conflict

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"My love will gather us both together on the day of resurrection. Brutes have placed stones between...

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A still shot from the broadcast by PBS NewsHour, June 18, 2013.

This broadcast, featuring Pulitzer Center grantee Eliza Griswold, aired June 18, 2013, on PBS NewsHour.

For centuries, Pashtun women have traded stories, feelings and life wisdom in the form of two-line oral poems called landays. Eliza Griswold, a journalist and poet herself, traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about daily life there through the modern exchange of poetry. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at Griswold's project.

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