When literacy is used to advocate for change within a society, it poses a threat to those in power, even if those in power tend to overlook it. With low literacy rates in many Middle Eastern countries, poets often stand out to authorities in the region that has a rich, but often dark history of challenging conventional thought. Using poetry as a
Throughout history, poets in countries across the Middle East have been jailed, exiled or worse — killed. Unfortunately, this is a continuing trend in the fight against free thought.