A collection of poems covering 15 years of work by a British poetess of Pakistani origin....
|Title||:||Split World: Poems 1990-2005|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Pages|
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Split World: Poems 1990-2005 Reviews
I love Moniza Alvi's work, especially her earlier poems, which concentrate more on her dual identity as a Pakistani Englishwoman. I particularly liked Hindi Urdu Bol Chaal as it is a poem about language. There's a surrealism to her work, which transcends physical concerns such as time and space, and I really enjoyed this. I borrowed this from the library, but it's a collection I would definitely read and re-read if I owned it.
One theme that is always present in Moniza Alvi's poems is fragmentation, no matter the year they were published in. This fragmentation is directly linked to Alvi's personal history: born in Pakistan from a Pakistani father and an English mother, she moved to England as a baby and didn't go back to Pakistan until much later. Growing up in Hertfordshire, she transferred in her surreal poems her own uneasiness and the feeling of alienation she felt as someone "in-between" Pakistan and England, not belonging to either country. Apart from strictly autobiographical poems, in the two collections at the end of this book - Souls (2000) and How the Stone Found Its Voice (2005) - two different series of poems have a concept of their own, always marked with Alvi's typical surrealism.Knowing the author's background and context the book is undoubtedly an interesting reading, even though I usually do not like contemporary poetry.