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re: desire

Afshan D'souza-Lodhi author


Publisher:Burning Eye Books

Published:25th Jun '20

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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.

'A beautiful and poignant collection that speaks to the internal lives of British people of colour.' - Nikesh Shukla (author of The Good Immigrant and The One Who Wrote Destiny)

ISBN: 9781911570851

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100 pages