Alex Strick van Linschoten, one of the editors of the US edition of 'Poetry of the Taliban,' says many of the poems in the book deal with unexpected topics.
Since the Soviet occupation, Islamist fighters have used poetry to express their passions, doubts, and determination. 'The Poetry of the Taliban' was released in the US this week.
Limericks survive today with poems that pay tribute to everything from Steve Jobs to the London Underground.
At your next cookout, try grilled corn seasoned with with Parmesan, lime, and paprika.