re: desire (Paperback)Afshan D'souza-Lodhi (author)
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A bold and stunning study in longing and desire, D'souza-Lodhi’s exciting debut collection challenges the dominant male perspectives of various poetic traditions across cultures and languages.
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2021
Afshan D'souza-Lodhi's debut poetry collection 're: desire' explores the yearning to love, be loved and belong from a desi (South Asian) perspective. Her work sits on the intersections of flash fiction, poetry and script, echoing the hybridity of the worlds that many young British desis find themselves occupying.
Drawing on the poetry of many different languages and cultures - Urdu, English, Konkani, Islamic and Christian - this collection explores how we access our traditions from a distance. 're: desire' is a collection of poetry that draws upon literary traditions and cultural references to flip the male gaze common in mushairas on its head.
Common themes for mushairas are love, God and being drunk or intoxicated by love and God - but is usually seen from a male perspective. The pieces in re: desire are mainly told from a female perspective, and question the gender given to particular acts, objects and ideas.
Publisher: Burning Eye Books
Number of pages: 100
Dimensions: 203 x 133 mm
'A beautiful and poignant collection that speaks to the internal lives of British people of colour.' - Nikesh Shukla
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