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Life’s Essence

Notes

'Life's Essence' is a continuation of the themes raised and developed in Hadraawi's poem, 'Clarity' ('Daalacan'), his contribution to the 'Deelley' chain inaugurated by the late Maxamed Xaashi Dhamac 'Gaarriye' in the late 1970s in protest against the corruption and brutality of the Siad Barre regime.* Here, in this long and epic poem, Hadraawi expands on his political philosophy, elucidating the true meaning of freedom though staying close to the traditional values of Somali society, a historical legacy he is determined to pass onto younger Somalis.

A more recent addition to the prestigious 'Deelley' chain of poems is Caasha Lul Mohamud Yusuf's 'The Sea Migrations'.

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