A Monster, Angry and Blind, Wearing Death as A Dress

by
Abby Zimet

Appearing swathed in black on a popular Arabic version of "American Idol," Saudi poet Hissa Hilal delivered a blistering poem blasting
extremist Muslim clerics who "speak from a powerful platform" only to
"terrorize people" and "prey on those seeking peace" - thus earning her
loud cheers, a place in the finals, and death threats on militant
Islamic web sites. Her win on Abu Dhabi's "Poet of Millions," which
features poets rather than singers, was the first by a female
contestant.

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 "Like anyone who receives a threat to scare him or her, I take it seriously but only slightly... We are all living in a global village, so we cannot live without each
other." - Hilal

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