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Moniza Alvi

Fairoz

Moniza Alvi

Publication Date : 24 Mar 2022

ISBN: 9781780376004

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

Fairoz is a book-length poetry sequence in which Moniza Alvi explores an imagined teenage girl’s susceptibility to extremism. The book’s fragmented, collaging narrative draws together fairytale elements, glimpses of Fairoz’s thoughts, and pieces of dialogue. A folkloric representation of God and the devil acts as a wry counterpoint, touching on questions of morality. Fairoz is a powerful portrayal of human vulnerability.

‘Book-length poetry sequence in which Alvi explores an imagined teenage girl’s susceptibility to extremism and draws together fairytale elements, glimpses of the girl Fairoz’s thoughts and pieces of dialogue to make a “powerful portrayal of human vulnerability.”.’ – Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, Forthcoming New titles: Non-fiction, March 2022, on Moniza Alvi’s Fairoz

'The poems unfold like scenes in a play, and Alvi seems to borrow the idea of a Greek chorus to create the cultural background through lines spoken by unnamed people... Fairoz is a fictional character, yet the questions raised are a reminder of how easily the vulnerable are preyed upon...a testimony to how powerfully poetry can allow the marginalised to have voices.' - Mary Mulholland, The Alchemy Spoon

‘Moniza Alvi’s new collection Fairoz is a book length piece which focuses entirely on one young woman’s encounters with those attempting to radicalise her through online contact… This brave, powerful and important book completely gripped me and I read it in twenty four hours… A tour-de-force.’ – Sue Dymoke, Sue Dymoke Poetry

‘She is a skilled storyteller, recounting the extraordinary in the voice of the everyday, so that we accept the miraculous as something we need… the overriding impression is of a deft, restrained language carrying ideas with a metaphysical wit and seriousness .’ – Leonie Rushforth, London Magazine

‘One of the few British poets whose work could currently be described as essential reading, not least as we try to grasp what fractures of cultural difference might have contributed to the July 7 bombings.’ – Tim Robertson, Magma

Europa made the most difference to me as a writer. It showed me one way of writing about trauma and violence, how to circle around a central concern and explore it from different angles […] when I came to write my own poetry about violence I returned to this collection many times to study how it had been done before.' Kim Moore, The North

Blackbird, Bye Bye is a tender exploration of the world and human nature, which recognises “the carnage, the onslaught / of the centuries” while managing to find solace in the redemptive powers of art, language and the natural world.’ – Sarala Estruch, The Telegraph

Moniza Alvi reads from Fairoz at the Bloodaxe online launch

Moniza Alvi read poems from Fairoz at this Bloodaxe online launch event shared with Amali Gunasekera and Jessica Traynor whose three collections were all published in March 2022. At the end of the readings Bloodaxe editor Neil Astley hosted a fascinating discussion between the three poets about their new books.

 

Moniza Alvi reads six poems

Moniza Alvi reads six poems selected from her Bloodaxe retrospective Split World: Poems 1990-2005 (2008) and her later collection Europa (2008) whose cover picture is a painting by American artist Tabitha Vevers, ‘When We Talk About Rape’ (1992), the inspiration for the poem ‘Mermaid’, which she reads last in this film. The title-sequence of her 2005 collection How the Stone Found Its Voice is a series of poems inspired by creation myths. Begun in the wake of the tragedy of 9/11, they are imbued with the dark spirit of that time, with titles including ‘How a Long Way Off Rolled Itself Up’ and ‘How the World Split in Two’, the poem she reads first in the film. The poems she reads are: ‘How the World Split in Two’, ‘I Would Like to be a Dot in a Painting by Miró’, ‘I Was Raised in a Glove Compartment’, ‘The Sari’, ‘Presents from My Aunts in Pakistan’ and ‘Mermaid’. Neil Astley filmed her reading and discussing a selection of her poems at her home in Wymondham, Norfolk, in November 2013. This film is one of 60 videos included in the DVD-anthology In Person: World Poets, filmed and edited by Pamela Robertson-Pearce and Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books, 2017).

 

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BOOKS BY Moniza Alvi

At the Time of Partition

Moniza Alvi

At the Time of Partition

Publication Date : 21 Nov 2013

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Blackbird, Bye Bye

Moniza Alvi

Blackbird, Bye Bye

Publication Date : 21 Jun 2018

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Europa

Moniza Alvi

Europa

Publication Date : 22 May 2008

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Split World

Moniza Alvi

Split World

Poems 1990-2005

Publication Date : 22 May 2008

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