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‘In Auguries of a Minor God, her outstandingdebut collection, Eipe sings of joys and wounds felt deeply under the skin’ David Wheatley, Guardian
Nidhi Zak/Aria Eipe’s spellbinding debut poetry collection explores love and the wounds it makes. Its first half is composed of five sections, corresponding to the five arrows of Kama, the Hindu God of Love, Desire and Memory. From ‘stunning’ and ‘paralysing’ to ‘killing’ and ‘destroying’, each arrow has its own effect on some body – a very real, contemporary body – and its particular journey of love.
The second is a long narrative poem, ‘A is for [Arabs]’, which follows a different kind of journey: a family of refugees who have fled to the West from conflict in an unspecified Middle Eastern country. With an extraordinary structure, yoking abecedarian and Fibonacci sequences, it is a skilful and intimate account of migration and exile, of home and belonging.
Heralding the arrival of an assured and compassionate new voice . . . One feels, reading Eipe’s collection . . . a shift in poetry, a cracking open of new possibilities.
‘In Auguries of a Minor God, her outstanding debut collection, Eipe sings of joys and wounds felt deeply under the skin . . . Auguries of a Minor God is a startling gesture in the face of a threatening world, and one that feels, in Wallace Stevens’s words, “like / a new / knowledge of reality”.’
‘Eipe is an ardent soul. Her work is youthful and wise, signalling a profound interest in destruction, stillness, healing, joy.’
‘Dazzling, incantatory future poetry.’
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