“Can one experience diaspora / in the body?” Qudsia Akhtar’s poems are silted with female loss, a kind of silence that builds slowly inside generations of migrant women. Through partition, nationalism, racism, sex and filial duty, these poems ask to whom do we belong if not our selves? A motherland calls to its daughters; an adopted country demands to hear her voice. Akhtar’s language is rich and exact, fearing sentiment, turning on its heel towards a path entirely of its own.” – Sandeep Parmar
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Qudsia is in the second year of her Creative Writing PhD at the University of Salford exploring the complexities surrounding British-Pakistani experience. Her poems have appeared in the Acumen, Tower Poetry Anthology, Poetry Birmingham Literary Journal, and The Ofi Press.
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