What Is Not Beautiful

What Is Not Beautiful


, Poetry

“The poems in this collection evoke the wonder and newness of a recent marriage, exploring the ways love both calms and troubles our deepest wounds. Weaving Urdu and English poetic traditions, Talukder recalls Agha Shahid Ali's intellectual grace, but there's an intimacy to these poems that is all her own. ‘You / will never know / if you are beautiful,’ Talukder cautions. Her poems balance on this knife's edge — at once deft and revelatory. Her voice is like nothing I've encountered before.”

— Emily Moore, author of Shuffle

Title:What Is Not Beautiful
Edition Language:English
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About Adeeba Shahid Talukder

Adeeba Shahid Talukder is a Pakistani American poet and translator. She translates Urdu and Persian poetry, and cannot help but bring elements from these worlds to her own work in English. Her book

    What Is Not Beautiful Reviews

  • Barton Smock

    In a recent piece for The Adroit Journal, poet Leila Chatti talks of how one can see and pass over a word thousands of times and then, suddenly, see the word as if it’s been given permission, by sha...

  • Mike

    I really enjoyed these poems. Lots of meditation on beauty, and how the idea of beauty informs identity and our conception of femininity, how beauty can be aspirational but also how it can be a cage. ...

  • Autumn

    Adeeba's writing is wise and fierce and very beautiful....

  • Kolleen

    A gorgeous chapbook. ...