The City That Is Leaving Forever: Kashmiri Letters (Paperback)

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The City That Is Leaving Forever: Kashmiri Letters (Paperback)


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The City That Is Leaving Forever is a unique twenty-first-century time capsule: an instant-message exchange between Kashmir and British Columbia spanning more than five years in the lives of two Muslim Kashmiri women poets. In 2016, as India's military carries out extrajudicial killings and imposes a lengthy curfew in Srinagar, Kurd is forced to cancel her family trip to Kashmir. Syed and Kurd confide in each other as the weeks and months pass, working through drafts of new poems, reading each other's work, discussing multilingual poetics, the challenges of translation, and the contrasts of daily life in their two cities. The result is a rigorously feminist record of thinking through trauma as it unfolds and a document of life under military lockdown, "a book like a cluster of thorns with some few fragrant petals caught in them."

Sumayya Syed is a poet, translator, and graduate student of sociology living in Kashmir. Her poems have appeared in The Puritan, KashmirLit, and The Shoreline Review.
Product Details ISBN: 9781772013573
ISBN-10: 1772013579
Publisher: Talonbooks
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2021
Pages: 280
Language: English