DURA's StAnza 2021 reviews: A God at the Door

Tuesday 23 February 2021

As a much admired poet, writer and dancer, Tishani Doshi leaves little of the arts world untouched. Countries of the Body was awarded the Forward Prize for Best First Collection while Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award. From politics, womanhood to the roots that ground us, this is a rewarding journey to undertake as a reader. Doshi’s characteristic wit, spikiness and vigour are on display in her new collection:

What more can be said about women?
Leave it. If history were a picture show
and we kept editing the bits we didn’t like
snip       snip       snip […]

(‘Instructions on Surviving Genocide.’)

From the very outset, these poems require an inquisitive mind. To turn history and ancestry on its head, they invite reflections on the misjudgement of legality and the failure of patriarchy.... 

This is an excerpt of a review by Mhari Aitchison of Tshani Doshi's A God At The Door  (Bloodaxe forthcoming, April 2021). For more information on Doshi at StAnza21, please click HERE. To read the whole review, go to the DURA webpage