The Glimmer is a book of poems illuminated by many voices. In an artists’ colony in Mexico, a taxidermist tends animals in their afterlife and contemplates what remains of us after death. She is joined by artists including a painter of miniatures, a war photographer, filmmaker, light artist, novelist and a ghazal singer, as well as dancers from Tanzteater Wuppertal, as they reflect on the impulse to make work and meaning in a world that increasingly monetises art.
Shazea Quraishi’s second book-length collection ranges in form from syllabics and ghazals to OULIPO-inspired anagram poems, drawing on found text and verbatim speech to bring a choir of voices to life. The book ends with two elegies.
‘Shazea Quraishi’s first collection, The Art of Scratching, reveals the poet’s flair for re-imagining and feminising historical texts, and for inventing her own edgy fables of family life and childhood.’ - Carol Rumens, online Poem of the Week, Guardian
‘There is an intriguing collision between the archaeological and the lyrical in Shazea Quraishi’s series of poems, The Courtesans Reply… The props and rituals bestow on these poems an exotic otherness but the emotions they explore are timeless.’ – Stephen Knight, Ten
‘Shazea Quraishi is one of a number of younger black and Asian women poets currently gaining ground in UK poetry. In sensual, clear, perfectly measured tones, her poems meet the male gaze with a female voice.’ – Katy Evans-Bush, Poetry International Web