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What Is Not Beautiful
Incorporating both Urdu and English poetic traditions Adeeba Shahid Talukder writes an intimate series of poems that evoke the wonder and newness of recent marriage, and meditations on family, womanhood, self, and culture.
Chapbook, 40 pages
Published June 2018 by Glass Poetry Press
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In a recent piece for The Adroit Journal, poet Leila Chatti talks of how one can see and pass over a word thousands of times and then, suddenly, see the word as if it’s been given permission, by shape, to form. In reading Adeeba Shahid Talukder’s What Is Not Beautiful, I was reminded that all art is new. That some clues come from the same mirror. That somewhere between pearl and thorn, the question mark has begun its blank scoring of lost films made to alert creation we exist. Whether versed ins ...more
I really enjoyed these poems. Lots of meditation on beauty, and how the idea of beauty informs identity and our conception of femininity, how beauty can be aspirational but also how it can be a cage. And then lots about family, about marriage, about culture. Just lovely.