Ecstatic Motion, Zainab Ismail

Ecstatic Motion, Zainab Ismail

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‘Zainab Ismail’s lush and startling debut explores her tricultural heritage, what she dubs ‘the taproot tapestry’ that ‘wove the heavens in my mouth.’  She may not be able to speak her home in Gujarati harmonies or Arabic auxiliaries, but she is firmly planted in poetry’s formal earth, flowering through the villanelle and ghazal to free verse, making the traditional sharply relevant to an exuberant and often panicked now.  Here is ‘life’s rush paused by the prayer-lilt’ in an enquiring and vital ecstasy, Cherry Smith

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