ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: September 7, 2018
The Celox and the Clot
By (author) Hafsah Bashir
Hafsah Aneela Bashir’s debut poetry collection is charged with a fierce compulsion to reveal and explore raw and open wounds from the domestic to political settings. With searingly and sharply observed detail, her poetry not only documents the tragic harm that war inflicts upon people but also explores relationships which are under strain closer to our domestic lives.A collection framed within a conceit of journeys, it crucially opens with `Gulshan-I-Iqbal Park’ confronting the reader with the cold brutality of terrorism and the murder of children in their play-park. As the journey begins with a hijacked lift and ends with a pile of `footless shoes’ at the gates to the park, the reader continues this consciously crafted journey embracing personal and universal subjects and themes.This assured and fearless voice wields words and constructs a maze of striking imagery to make readers stop and look again and again at what they had imagined was the familiar.As in her poem `Jasmine’, Hafsah’s writing takes hold of and shakes complacency and misconceptions with beautiful simplicity. Replete with tender and poignant moments, this collection is an exploration of the human condition and the conflicts that arise within us.
Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a writer and performance poet with an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Culture from the University of Leeds. Her work has been published by Crocus Books in the anthologies, When Saira Met Sarah, Elevator Fiction and 80 Decibels Above Sound.Co-director of the arts collective, Outside The Frame Arts, she is passionate about platforming voices outside of mainstream arts. She works with marginalized and underrepresented communities delivering creative writing workshops centred around identity and empowerment.Also a TOAST2016 poet and one of six recipients of Manchester International Festival’s Jerwood Fellowships 2017, she recently wrote and performed a monologue based on her grandmother’s experience of the India/Pakistan 1947 partition with The Royal Exchange Theatre. She is currently on an Artistic Director’s Leaders of Tomorrow programme, has performed for numerous festivals, is creating theatre work of her own exploring womanhood and faith and is still a sane mother of five.She blogs at â ªhttp://hafsahaneelabashir.wordpress.com/ and tweets at @Hafsah_A_Bashir & @artsOTF.