The Mappila Verses


Hawakal, 2020

Language: English

68 pages

Price INR 300.00
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"These poems take a singular look at identity, extending its meaning in fresh and unexpected ways. This is candid and thoughtful work, urgently relevant and welcome" - Adil Jussawalla

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The Mappila Verses is a collection of poems that take you to a different experience, may be for the first time in English poetry written in India. Weaving history with the contemporary, the poems in this collection are of despire, grief, varied facets of violence, identity assertion and crisis of the cross generational experiences of the Muslims in India. In a time when their very existence is questioned, The Mappila Verses is a memory against forgetting and marks an identity of resistance and poetic assertion. This collection also includes the first Mala poem, a genre in the Mappila songs ever written in English.

A T Ajmal Khan

Ajmal Khan writes in English and Malayalam. His first collection of poems My Tolerant Nation was published by Wings & Roots (2017), and Malayalam one-line story collection Museebat (2017) published by Monsoon Books. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in India and abroad. He was a Charles Wallace Fellow at the SOAS, the University of London in 2020 and teaches at Ashoka University.