by Usha Kishore


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Poetry. Asian & Asian American Studies. Usha Kishore's third poetry collection, IMMIGRANT, is gleaned from nearly two decades of writing. This book examines the political, cultural and linguistic spaces of first-generation South Asian immigrants to the UK, and illustrates that to live in the diaspora is to occupy a spectral space, to be haunted by the ghosts of history, empire and colonialism, to be a ghost flitting in and out of spaces called nations, to be homeless, to be caught between. The binary perspectives of assimilation and marginalization recur in these poems as Kishore documents the politics of being an immigrant professional interacting with the harsh realities of racism and discrimination as she draws from her experience as an English teacher and tries to chart her poetic space in an imagined borderland. Richly experiential and languishing in language, these are poems that speak to our quest for home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781912477081
Publisher: Eyewear Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 80
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Usha Kishore is an Indian-born British poet and translator, resident on the Isle of Man. Her poetry has been internationally published and anthologised by Macmillan, Hodder Wayland, Oxford University Press, Harper Collins India and Orient BlackSwan. Kishore's poetry is part of the British primary and Indian middle school and undergraduate syllabi. She won the Pre-Raphaelite Poetry Prize (2013), Exiled Writers Ink Poetry Competition (2014), and the Word Masala Award (2016). Kishore is the author of two previous poetry collections and a book of translation from the Sanskrit.

Table of Contents

Absent Sky 9

Journeying into a Foreign Tongue 10

Postcolonial Poem 11

I Am Not One, But Two 13

You and Me 14

Postcolonial Sonnet 15

In-Between Space 16

Bastard Children of the British Raj 18

Marginal or Peripheral 19

In Exile 20

East London 21

Jallianwala Bagh 22

Doppelgänger 23

On the First Reading of Bram Stoker's Dracula 25

Fish Avatar 27

Teaching Tagore to 10A/S 28

Immigrant 30

Shiva 31

Immigrant Text 33

Men in Turbans 34

Refugee Child 35

The Jabberwock Replies 37

The English Patient Translates Desert Light 39

Pondicherry 40

Partition 1947 41

Fussy Militant Rebel 43

Solitude 45

Understanding Caliban 46

A Tribute to M. F. Husain 48

Mother India 48

M. F. Husain's Goddesses 50

A Tale of Three Cities 51

Bollywood on the Underground 53

Indo-Pak 2001 54

Indo-Pak 2016 55

We Ain't No More Paki Mate 56

The Radcliffe Line 58

Great British Curry 60

Where Do I Belong? 61

Kali 63

Nikhat's Mother 64

Translator 66

God of Many Names 67

Walking the Promenade 68

Chanting the Vedas 70

Fire Mantra 71

Notes 72

Acknowledgements 78

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