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| EPISODE 3

The "green" erotic poetry

The so-called "green" erotic poetry is one of the poetic forms, which, due to its strong presence throughout Tunisia as well as a lack of documentation, reveals extraordinary paradoxes. Through the stories of "cursed" poets, this episode explores the eternal conflict between censorship and freedom.
06 July 2021
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Created by
Inkyfada Podcast
Directing
Rabeb Srairi
editing and sound design
Oussema Gaidi
editorial support
Bochra Triki
Illustration
Tayma Ben Ahmed

Mohamed Bessid Talbi sang: "between the rivers, my blood is flowing".

If sensual poetry has a colour, it is green. Green as life, dreams, desire and emancipation. So-called "green" poetry, or erotic "Ghazal" in the Tunisian popular repertoire, is a multidimensional world, charged with an unbridled imagination that defies societal conventions - a world that defies systems of tradition and morality. This world creates alternative spaces of freedom to celebrate the body by illustrating it and delving into its most intimate details, to plunge into the immensity of forbidden, carnal and outrageous desire.

The so-called "green" erotic poetry is one of the poetic forms, which, due to its strong presence throughout Tunisia as well as a lack of documentation, reveals extraordinary paradoxes. In this episode, Rabeb Srairi talks about censorship and its various facets and aspects - sometimes taking on the guise of modesty, sometimes that of piety, and other times that of authority in its many manifestations.

Guests of the episode : Bahri Rahali, Walid Noomene

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Tbarbich is an monthly series, exploring the very heart of Tunisian popular culture and its various forms of expression. Folk tales, songs, dances and well-known characters - immerse yourself in the stories that have been collecting dust in the scattered corners of the Tunisian collective memory. 

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