Meena Kandasamy’s full-blooded and highly experimental poems challenge the dominant mode in contemporary Indian poetry in English: status-quoist, depoliticised, neatly sterilised. These caustic poems with their black humour, sharp sarcasm, tart repartees, semantic puns and semiotic plays irritate, shock and sting the readers until they are provoked into rethinking the ‘timMeena Kandasamy’s full-blooded and highly experimental poems challenge the dominant mode in contemporary Indian poetry in English: status-quoist, depoliticised, neatly sterilised. These caustic poems with their black humour, sharp sarcasm, tart repartees, semantic puns and semiotic plays irritate, shock and sting the readers until they are provoked into rethinking the ‘time-honoured’ traditions and entrenched hierarchies at work in contemporary society.The poet stands myths and legends on their head to expose their regressive core. She uses words, images and metaphors as tools of subversion, asserting, in the process, her caste, gender and regional identities while also transcending them through the shared spaces of her socioaesthetic practice. She de-romanticises the world and de-mythifies religious and literary traditions by re-appropriating the hegemonic language in a heretical gesture of Promethean love for the dispossessed. The poet interrogates the tenets of a solipsistic modernism to create a counterpoetic community speech brimming with emancipatory energy....
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Ms Militancy Reviews
I sample read this book before I started reading the author's new release When I Hit You or a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife and I honestly didn't understand her angst and anger and decided to put it off for later.Reading this now, after reading "When I hit you..." actually put things in perspective and I rather enjoyed reading this one. Ms Militancy is a collection of her poems. This book (and her other works too, for that matter) might not go well with everyone. It's not a breezy read. She's angry, crude, outright feminist and very strong about her opinions. This is not something you read for the poetic feels alone. One needs to be in that zone with her - feel her words, her emotions behind and (maybe?) understand the place it comes from. It worked for me. And I hope it works for you too! Here's a sample for you: Screwtiny For an affair:Trust any man who is allergic to children,carries a civil war in his eyes, travels a lotand speaks up when you are subjectedto society's customary stone throwing-this hero has a history of scandals.He keeps secrets like slave-girls.Trust this man to never let you down,or stand you up, even if it involvesraising from the dead. Amen. For marriage:Trust a man only after you have dunkedhis head in buckets of freezing water.Trust all the truth spilling out of himwhen you have slipped, like soap on skin,rusty pins under his toe nails. Eyes wide opentrust him as you take him on an electric dancethat makes his penis sing. Test him to trust him.Detest him to trust him. Trust a man through faithin all forms of torture, which is how men trust each other.
A collection of really powerful poems. She retells stories from a feminist and dalit perspective. Her women are not shy and docile women of the puranas; they are powerful, they flaunt their desire.
So powerful and sharp like lethal weapon...
This is a fucking brilliant collection, especially the bits about the non-conformist Hindu goddesses. Love love love!
Reading different perspectives of Indian Mythology and characters was mind boggling. I enjoyed that part. But I couldn't connect to the feminism part... Felt more like a feminazist view.