Inspired by visits to her birthplace, Pakistan, this is Moniza Alvi's second poetry book. Her first book, "The Country at my Shoulder" caused her to be chosen as a New Generation poet in 1994.
Fairoz is a a powerful portrayal of human vulnerability, a book-length poetry sequence in which Moniza Alvi explores an imagined teenage girl's susceptibility to extremism. The book's fragmented, collaging narrative draws together fairytale elements, glimpses of Fairoz's thoughts, and pieces of dialogue.
A series highlighting the works commended annually for the prestigious Forward Prizes. It brings together the best poems published over a quarter century in twenty-five editions of the Forward books of poetry. It includes both familiar names - Simon Armitage, Jackie Kay, Derek Walcott - and fresh voices - Kate Tempest, Kei Miller and Emily Berry.
This book-length poem by a leading British poet (born in Pakistan) is set at the time of the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, weaving a deeply personal story of fortitude and courage. Thousands of people were killed in civil unrest and millions displaced at the time of partition, with families later split between the two countries.
In Their Own Words is a celebration of the variousness of contemporary poets living and writing in the UK today. 50-60 poets talk about their own poetic voices and their work. Essential reading for anybody who cares about poetry.
Alvi's latest collection of surrealist fables features 'Motherbird' and 'Fatherbird' - inspired by her Pakistani father's immigration and recent death. Her previous two collections were shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.
Bilingual French-English edition of poems by Jules Supervielle with English versions by Moniza Alvi.
Split World includes poems from five previous collections: The Country at My Shoulder (1993), A Bowl of Warm Air (1996), Carrying My Wife (2000), Souls (2002) and How the Stone Found Its Voice (2005), but excludes the poems of Europa (2008) and later collections.
Features poems relating to ancient and modern traumas, including enforced exile, alienation, rape and 'honour killing'. This work also includes poems that explore post-traumatic stress disorder, and further versions of the French poet Jules Supervielle with their Second World War background.
This is Moniza Alvi's first full-length collection of poems, some of which were joint-winners of the 1991 Poetry Business Competition. At the heart of the collection is a group of poems called "Presents from Pakistan", which explores the significance of the poet's birthplace.