A group of poets of South Asian descent came together to mark the 71st anniversary of partition through their art.
This week, which also marked the 71th anniversary of India and Pakistan’s independence from Britain, the Asian American Writers Workshop published a series of poems entitled “This is Not the Dawn: Poetry of Partition” by some of the most notable poets writing today. The collection includes poems by Adeeba Shahid Talukder, Fatimah Asghar, Tanzila Ahmed and Faisal Mohyuddin.
“I am humbled to have one of my poems included in this folio of poetry on the 1947 Partition,” tweeted Talukder.
Dear Friends, I am humbled to have one of my poems included in this folio of poetry on the 1947 Partition. Incredibly grateful to @AAWW and the editors of The Margins for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this important project, and amongst such brilliant writers. https://t.co/EJgIXBl2Ez
— Adeeba Shahid Talukder (@Adeebaloo) August 14, 2018
“Since 1947, poets in South Asia and in the diaspora have wrestled with, memorialized, and lamented the legacy of the period in their writing,” wrote the AAWW editors. Each poem is written as a reflective response to legendary poets like Faiz Ali Faiz, Aga Shahid Ali, Amrita Pritam and others.
"You tore into our land / a crooked line." —@Adeebaloo
On its 71st anniversary, we asked seven poets to respond to the poetry of Partition. Read @asgharthegrouch, @fmohyu, @aziakashmir, @sreshthasen & more on the literary legacy of 1947https://t.co/zUu25YDmeh
— AAWW (@aaww) August 14, 2018
“In poetry and prose they write back to Faiz, Aga Shahid Ali, Amrita Pritam, and the fractured history of the subcontinent, wrote the AAWWW editors.
Readers can explore the full collection here.