Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad’s literary center since at least the 8th century, was destroyed March 7, 2007 by a car bomb that killed 30 people and injured more than 100. In response to the attack, poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil created the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition, which has evolved over five years to include this international traveling exhibit, co-curated by scholar Sarah Bodman, composed of 260 artists’ books and broadsides responding to the tragedy. A selection of Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here works is on display in the Cheney Chappell Exhibition Space and on walls throughout Poets House. (rmharris)
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