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re: desire

D’souza-Lodhi, Afshan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Burning Eye Books
Published: June 25, 2020
ISBN: 9781911570851
100 pages
Country of publication: United Kingdom

£9.99

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.

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