re:desire – afshan d’souza-lodhi


RHYBUDD: Mae’r casgliad yma yn cynnwys portreadau o hiliaeth, Islamaffobia, rhyw, casineb yn erbyn menywod, cam-drin domestig (corfforol), golygfeydd o gore a defnydd alcohol.

Yn ei chasgliad cyntaf, ysgrifennwyd d’souza-lodhi farddoniaeth cwbl unigryw trwy dynnu syniadau o ieithoedd eraill, megis Urdu, i drafod pynciau megis perthnasoedd teuluol, rhyw, rhywedd a’i magwraeth fel person o liw yn y Deyrnas Unedig.

Enwebwyd y lyfr am y Gwobr Jhalak 2021.

CONTENT WARNING: This poetry collection contains depictions of Racism, Islamophobia, sex, misogyny, domestic abuse (physical), gore, alcohol use.

afshan d’souza-lodhi’s debut poetry collection ‘re: desire’ explores the yearning to love, be loved and belong from a desi (South Asian) perspective. Her work sits on the intersections of flash fiction, poetry and script, echoing the hybridity of the worlds that many young British desis find themselves occupying. Drawing on the poetry of many different languages and cultures – Urdu, English, Konkani, Islamic and Christian – this collection explores how we access our traditions from a distance.

‘re: desire’ is a collection of poetry that draws upon literary traditions and cultural references to flip the male gaze common in mushairas on its head. Common themes for mushairas are love, God and being drunk or intoxicated by love and God – but is usually seen from a male perspective. The pieces in re: desire are mainly told from a female perspective, and question the gender given to particular acts, objects and ideas.

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