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Tishani Doshi

A God at the Door

Tishani Doshi

Publication Date : 22 Apr 2021

ISBN: 9781780375779

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Shortlisted for the 2021 Forward Prize for Best Collection

An exquisite collection from a poet at the peak of her powers, A God at the Door spans time and space, drawing on the extraordinary minutiae of nature and humanity to elevate the marginalised. These poems, taken together, traverse history, from the cosmic to the everyday. There is a playful spikiness to be found in poems like 'Why the Brazilian Butt Lift Won’t Save Us', while others, such as 'I Found a Village and in it Were All Our Missing Women', are fed by rage. As the collection unfolds, there are gem-like poems such as 'I Carry My Uterus in a Small Suitcase' which sparkles on the page with impeccable precision. Later, there are the sharp shocks delivered by two mirrored poems set side by side, 'Microeconomics' and 'Macroeconomics'.

Tishani Doshi's poetry deploys beauty to heal trauma, enabling the voices of the oppressed to be heard with piercing clarity. From flightless birds and witches, to black holes and Marilyn Monroe, A God at the Door illuminates with lines and images that surprise, inflame and dazzle.

'A God at the Door is angry yet playful, wide-reaching in its considerations, yet laser focussed in its detailing.  The judges enjoyed its riches and its rebellion. moving between traditional verse forms and innovative new presentations, each executed with stunning technical fluidity. This remarkable collection is published by Bloodaxe.' - Forward Prize Judges

A God at the Door brings mixed tidings: responses to harrowing recent events in Indian poet Tishani Doshi’s home country, but also strange disjunctions, offbeat humour, flashes of hope.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, The Telegraph (Christmas Poetry Books, 2021)

'The poems of Tishani Doshi’s A God at the Door operate on the grand scale, reaching for visionary responses to their often troubling subjects. They etch articulate outrage deftly on to ecological backdrops... everywhere these poems are caustic and comic in turn, “unbelted, unbuttoned”, shimmering and bright. Though “hope is a booby trap” in the war-ravaged landscapes, it is nevertheless offered up and renewed throughout this stunning and ambitious collection.' - Aingeal Clare, The Guardian

'This explosive book reads like a four-dimensional dance between the personal, the public, and the sacred, with the hidden fourth plane being the craft of poetry itself... Whether it's a god, genocide, Sumo wrestler, pair of Speedos, coronapocalypse, uterus, or hippopotamus, Doshi helps us enter the lives of others and connects us with our own.' - Kit Fan, The Poetry Review [on A God at the Door]

‘Elegantly weaving together the intimate and the cosmic, it’s as overwhelming and disorientating as the year of ‘infectious’ panic and uncertain boundaries that it describes. It [‘Mandala’] is the opening poem in Doshi’s fine fourth collection A God at the Door.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, Poem of the Week, The Telegraph

‘As its title suggests, Doshi’s fourth collection explores human and divine worlds with characteristic grace, style and wit... Doshi’s style is characterised by a tremendous fluidity and vitality. Her eloquent writing demonstrates an astonishing range of free verse suffused with both playfulness and fury… A powerful and timely collection from an accomplished poet who effortlessly traverses history, space and time to reflect on ‘the difficulty of reconciliation’ (‘Hope is the thing’) in these coronapocalyptic times.’ – Jennifer Lee Tsai, Mslexia, on A God at the Door

‘In A God at the Door, Tishani Doshi etches incisive, luminous portraits of humanity into landscapes where the grim and the comforting are frequently interchangeable…These poems delve into the conflicts between disaster and renewal and between past and present. They are tender enquiries rather than resolutions.’ – Nikita Biswal, Times Literary Supplement

'Doshi’s poems confront a range of oppressive regimes and political leaders, speaking out with fluent oratory in defence of the powerless.' - Carol Rumens, Poem of the Week, The Guardian, on A God at the Door

'Tishani Doshi’s latest collection showcases the power and eloquence of her verse.  A God at the Door is a dizzying and unflinching guide to the crises we face in our current age – personal, social, political. This is no catalogue of woes but a fantastic lyrical challenge in which all of the poet’s resources are utilised to cast light on places others may rather keep hidden.' - Poetry Book Society Bulletin

A God at the Door is eloquent on a list of necessary and pressing topics everyone in society has a stake in: feminism, issues of class, poverty, faith, love, science, disease, war, and of course the current coronapocalypse. Each of the six sections embraces monumental themes that can be read as both a wakeup call to life and a firm hug that says not to be afraid, ‘living is a thing we do together’. - Mhari Aitchison, DURA (Dundee University Review of the Arts)

‘This is a fine and complex collection, a collection for our time, offering challenge, anger and beauty, posing big questions, but offering no simple or comfortable answers.’ – Diana Cant, The Alchemy Spoon, on A God at the Door

'The witty, wise and clear-eyed novelist, dancer and poet deploys both rage and sharp analysis covering issues from the precarious state of the environment to the treatment of women.' - The Guardian (Books to look forward to in 2021) on A God at the Door

'May we always have the music and elegant fury of Tishani Doshi’s poetry.' – Fatima Bhutto

From the reviews of Tishani Doshi's Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods:

'This intelligent, elegant, unflinching collection. It’s very much a collection for this moment in history, but one that will endure long past it.' – Kamila Shamsie, The Guardian (Best Summer Reads)

'The title poem is a haunting vision of retribution… Doshi’s poem is exceptionally timely, although it was written before the rise of the #MeToo movement. It’s impossible not to cheer the boldness and liberation enacted by much of this book, and to be stirred by its bravery. To paraphrase one interviewer, Doshi is writing the anthems of her generation.’ – Sandeep Parmar, The Guardian

'The poet revels in a love of language; its capacity for ambiguity, for awe, to express emotional fragility. Sometimes playful and ambivalent, this is an invariably profound and excavating experience in its search for meaning.' - Linton Kwesi Johnson, Canon Mark Oakley and Clare Shaw, Judges of the Ted Hughes Award 2018

‘I love the opulent poetry of Tishani Doshi.’ – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, New York Times

Tishani Doshi reads from A God at the Door

Tishani Doshi reads and introduces five poems from A God at the Door: ‘Every Unbearable Thing’, ‘Listening to Abida Parveen on Loop I Understand Why I Miss Home and Why It Must Be So’, ‘Advice for Pliny the Elder, Big Daddy of Mansplainers’, ‘Many Good & Wonderful Things’ and ‘Pilgrimage’. These poems can be read on this page: just click on the Extracts tab below to bring them up. She made this video at her home in Chennai, India, in April 2021, when A God at the Door was published in the UK by Bloodaxe Books.

Tishani Doshi reads Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods and other poems

Tishani Doshi reads and talks about ‘Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods’ and six other poems from the collection: ‘Everyone Loves a Dead Girl’, ‘Contract’. ‘Ode to Patrick Swayze’, ‘Find the Poets’, ‘A Fable for the 21st Century’ and ‘Poem for a Dead Dog’. Neil Astley filmed her reading poems from the book before her reading with Pascale Petit at Ledbury Poetry Festival on 5 July 2018.

Tishani Doshi dances Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods in Chennai

Tishani Doshi performs her dance version of ‘Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods’ at a TEDx event in Chennai in March 2018. The poem is read by her with music composed by Luca Nardon (www.lucanardon.it). She also read two other poems from Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods at this presentation, ‘Contract’ and ‘Find the Poets’ which you can view via this link.

 

Tishani Doshi dances Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods at the Dylan Thomas Birthplace

Tishani Doshi performs her dance version of ‘Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods’ in the Dylan Thomas Birthplace, Swansea, in July 2018. Filmed by Gareth M Davies (www.seebehindthemoon.com). Poem read by her with music composed by Luca Nardon (www.lucanardon.it).

 

Tishani Doshi: Everything Begins Elsewhere

Tishani Doshi introduces and reads five poems from Everything Begins Elsewhere: 'The Art of Losing', 'Walking Around' (after Neruda), 'The Memory of Wales' (a sestina), 'The Adulterous Citizen' and 'Homecoming'. Neil Astley filmed her reading from the book after her Ledbury Poetry Festival reading in July 2012.

 

Ireland: Click here to order from Books Upstairs in Dublin

North America: Copper Canyon Press

India: HarperCollins


 

  

BOOKS BY Tishani Doshi

Everything Begins Elsewhere

Tishani Doshi

Everything Begins Elsewhere

Publication Date : 24 May 2012

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Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

Tishani Doshi

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

Publication Date : 24 May 2018

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