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Hiding to Nothing - Pavilion Poetry (Paperback)Anita Pati (author)
Blending stunning lyricism with raw, gut-punching anger, Pati’s powerful debut collection explores colonial trauma and attitudes towards women, and the caustic effects of both that ripple through and rip apart lives.
Shortlisted for The Jhalak Prize 2023Anita Pati's debut collection, Hiding to Nothing, explores the destabilising effects of violence, particularly empire's aftermath, on a psyche. Threaded with internal dialogue, this multi-layered work witnesses how unbelonging can unsettle perceptions of the brown female body within an unwelcoming, even hostile, environment.
From 'exotic' dodos punished for not being doves to Greenface, on whom blonde girls birth natterjack toads, marginal presences tell their stories. Hiding to Nothing suggests that complex and damaging legacies in all their forms can create shockwaves that reverberate over a lifetime, stopping lives from reaching their full potential. And the trauma experienced through centuries of colonial history continues to be embodied and enacted.
These perceptions of body-image and self-worth are picked up in the central documentary sequence, Bloodfruit, which is based on interviews with women. Bloodfruit gives voice to the less heard narratives of infertility and difficult trajectories towards becoming, or not becoming, a 'mother'. Here, the often-fraught notions of womanhood and motherhood are also shown to feed into ideas on who is able to mother.
Pati uses an original, lyrical approach towards the ambiguities and ambivalences that cloud our decisions. Ultimately, ambient aggressions towards our own and other bodies can only be made good by breaking the cycle. Pati unravels compacted pain but those looking for easy answers or redemption will find no compromise here.
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Number of pages: 74
Dimensions: 189 x 118 mm
'Vivid, polyvocal and excoriating, Pati's poems find an exquisite musicality and a deep sorcery of imagery and momentum. Hiding to Nothing is a humane, fierce, original and uncompromising debut from a major new voice in British poetry.' - Fiona Benson
'Anita Pati's work will resonate with anyone who has personal experience of a difficult journey to parenthood. She manages to encapsulate the pain of infertility, loss and prematurity. Pati lays bare the intensity of the emotions involved, the damage to self-esteem and the complexities of the relationship with our bodies. Her poetry is both beautiful and haunting.' - Kate Brian, Fertility Network UK and Journalist and Author
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