UK publisher to release Taliban poetry anthology

A British publisher is preparing to release a collection of poems authored by Afghanistan's Taliban.

Many of the works in "Poetry of the Taliban" center around the movement's decade-long war against NATO-led forces in Afghanistan. But others touch on themes of religion, nostalgia and love.

Editors Alex Strick van Linschoten, Felix Kuehn, and Faisal Devji said in their introduction to that they'd compiled the anthology not for its novelty value "but as a way of understanding who the Taliban are."

The book is being published in Britain by C. Hurst & Co. Publishers Ltd. later this month. It is scheduled for release in the U.S. in September.