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Imtiaz Dharker

Postcards from god
By Imtiaz Dharker

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Postcards from god

An anguished god surveys a world stricken by fundamentalism in these powerful poems by a writer whose cultural experience spans three countries: Pakistan, the country of her birth, and Britain and India, her countries of adoption. It is from this life of transitions that the themes of Imtiaz Dharker's poetry are drawn: childhood, exile, journeying, home and religious strife.

Imtiaz Dharker is an accomplished artist, and this selection drawn from her first two collections Purdah and Postcards from god includes her own drawings for these sequences.

In Purdah she memorialises the betweenness of a traveller between cultures, exploring the dilemmas of negotiation among countries, lovers, children. Postcards from god meditates upon disquietudes in the poet's chosen society: its sudden acts of violence, its feuds and insanities, forcing her into a permanent wakefulness that fits her eyes with glass lids.

If the poems collected in Purdah are windows shuttered upon a private world, those gathered into Postcards from god are doorways leading out into the lanes and shanties where strangers huddle, bereft of the tender grace of attention.

'The poems are amplified by powerful black and white drawings by the author. The line is Imtiaz Dharker's sole weapon in a zone of assault which stretches over the Indian subcontinent's bloody history, the shifting dynamics of personal relationships and the torment of an individual caught between two cultures, divergent world-views' - Ranjit Hoskote, The Times of India

‘Hers is a strong, concerned, economical poetry, in which political activity, homesickness, urban violence, religious anomalies, are raised in an unobtrusive domestic setting, all the more effectively for their coolness of treatment’ – Alan Ross, London Magazine

‘Here is no glib internationalism or modish multiculturalism …Displacement here no longer spells exile; it means an exhilarating sense of life at the interstices. There is an exultant celebration of a self that strips off layers of superfluous identity with grace and abandon, only to discover that it has not diminished, but grown larger, generous, more inclusive’ – Arundhathi Subramaniam, Poetry International

Imtiaz Dharker reads two poems

Imtiaz Dharker reads two poems, 'Blessing' from Postcards from god and 'They'll say, "She must be from another country"' from I Speak for the Devil. This film is from the DVD-book In Person: 30 Poets, filmed by Pamela Robertson-Pearce, edited by Neil Astley, which includes five poems read by Imtiaz Dharker selected from her first three Bloodaxe titles. 

£8.95  Paperback 
1 85224 407 0.  160pp. 1997. 
Subjects:  Art/History InterestAsian PoetsPoets of the 1980/90sPolitical/SocialReligious/SpiritualWomen

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Other books by Imtiaz Dharker:
BPI1 : Bloodaxe Poetry Introductions 1
I Speak for the Devil
I speak for the devil (ebook)
Leaving Fingerprints
Leaving Fingerprints (ebook)
Over the Moon
Over the Moon (ebook)
Postcards from god (ebook)
The terrorist at my table
The terrorist at my table (ebook)