Monday, February 17, 2014

What monsoon is this, Purvi Shah

An imagistic collage of longing and language, What monsoon is this measures and mediates states of bliss, inquiry and questioning. “Here,” Shah writes, “all bodies searching for common language, an aspiration common to drench.” To match its lyric intensity, Number 20 in the WinteRed Series is also printed on gorgeous bright pink.

An excerpt:

What makes sky, sky?

Perhaps: it is descent of rain in unexpected

busts, the re-appearance of a cloud that
bears dew to balm your unsoothed soul.

Perhaps: it is the unheard song of birds you

imagine, migration of wings from one verse
to another.

PURVI SHAH is author of Terrain Tracks (New Rivers Press: 2006) and winner of the inaugural SONY South Asian Social Service Award in 2008 for her work fighting violence against women. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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