When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

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You composed an innovative “text poem,” that is, a story in the guise of a poem. Unlike strophic poetry that centers on a single emotional pulse, you’ve sketched a tableau that features character and the kernel of a narrative. Such poems encourage the audience to fill in the blanks; they play like in-house jokes for the poet and audience. 

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