Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

by Tishani Doshi


Doshi's latest collection is like fire--these poems are as searing as they are a source of light.

In her third collection of poetry, Tishani Doshi addresses violence against women by giving bodies abused and buried in the woods a chance to speak at last. Of the women that live on, she writes with reverence for the aging female body while examining love and loss, fear and longing. The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods presents the human body at the mercy of the elements, time, and brutality. Doshi blurs the line between the living and dead, giving as much attention to decay as she does to new blooms. She reminds us that poetry, at its root, is song--in praise and lament, hopeful and ebbing--in search of truth and redemption. The Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods is as much a call for resistance as it is an argument for poetry's importance. As John Burnside writes of these poems, "Tishani Doshi combines artistic elegance with a visceral power to create a breathtaking panorama of danger, memory, beauty and the strange geographies of happiness."



"Tishani Doshi... offer[s] an eloquent dissection of the body--its attributes, metaphors, deficiencies and contradictions--all delivered in chromatic, richly textured lines, in which the assured manipulation of rhythm and internal rhyme produces poems of remarkable balance and grace." --The Guardian "Elegiac and fevered, Tishani Doshi's poems search for ways to make their peace with tide and temporality, with fragility and violence, even as they celebrate that there is really 'no end to unknowing'." - Arundhathi Subramaniam "Doshi's poems have both heart and intelligence. They are rich in mysterious images, and narratives both explicit and implied. You could read them a hundred times and still find something you hadn't noticed before." --Louis de Bernieres "There is a fierce power to Tishani Doshi's poetry. Delicate as spun silk, it draws us into the zone of desire, even as it opens us to what lies beyond." --Meena Alexander "[Everything Begins Elsewhere] is a book you will cleave to; by the end, so enlightened that you may feel inclined to read it all over again." --George Carys Williams, Wales Arts Review

About the Author: 

Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India. She is an award-winning poet, journalist, essayist, and novelist, whose work has been translated into five languages. Doshi is also a professional dancer with the Chandralekha Troupe. She lives in Tamil Nadu, India, with her husband and three dogs

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