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Making Memories Of Mogadishu In Somali Poetry About The Civil War

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This essay examines a particular set of Somali poems, namely texts that discursively use Mogadishu, the capital city of the independent Republic of Somalia since 1960, to mediate the violence of state collapse and reconstruction. Before turning to these specific texts, however, it is necessary to provide some background to the wider set of sources to which they belong and the violence with which they deal. The analysis of the changing political dimension of the poems is a central theme of this chapter and prepares for a re-visiting, in the conclusion, of the nature of the poetry under study and the shared Somali public space in which it situates itself. This chapter also examines memory-making about Mogadishu in a genre of Somali poetry as it dealt with the violence of state collapse and reconstruction in shared public space.

Keywords: Mogadishu; Somali; Somalia



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