Language is not the Only Thing that Breaks: Poems
Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.
9th floor PS8639 .A33 L35 2011
Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)
In this extraordinary debut poetry collection, Proma Tagore’s language is not the only thing that breaks explores the junctions between migration, race, the body, and desire. The poems in this book offer spaces to reflect on a variety of interlinking issues: the routes and brutal legacies of European colonization and imperialism; the interrelations between different experiences of migration or displacement and attendant geographies of water, land, place, or home; the politics of globalization, capitalism, settlement, and war; the real and symbolic maps of our many dislocations and journeys and, consequently, our multiply layered memories, dreams, and desires. Amidst the ongoing everyday realities of racism and war that have resulted from long-standing histories of colonization, language is not the only thing that breaks offers small, delicate moments of being―a personal and moving response to a world where many people experience profound levels of dehumanization.