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Besharam

Hamid, Nafeesa
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Verve Poetry Press
Published: September 20, 2018
ISBN: 9781912565054
78 pages

£9.99

Learning that your mind and body have been taken hostage is one thing. Learning how to take them back is another. What if those that are returned are different to the ones that were lost?

Besharam – Nafeesa Hamid’s glorious debut collection – asks this and many other questions. When does a girl become a woman? When does her world allow her to become a woman? And what kind of woman should she be? The answers aren’t readily forthcoming.

As she treads the shifting line between woman and daughter, between Pakistan and the West, between conservative Islam and liberal, Nafeesa has almost had to find a new language to try to communicate the difficulties of her situation. And what a language! At times hard and pointed, at other times wonderfully and colourfully evocative, erupting with femininity, empowerment and rebellion. It is this language that makes Besharam such a pleasure to read in spite of the pain it contains.

This really is a magical first book of poetry.

Besharam contains guest poems from Birmingham poets Mina Mekic, Yasmina Silva and Zeddie

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