Another Way to Split Water

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YesYes Books
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5.5 X 7.5 X 0.22 inches | 0.26 pounds
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About the Author
ALYCIA PIRMOHAMED is a Canadian-born poet based in Scotland. Her debut collection Another Way to Split Water was released internationally in 2022 by YesYes Books in the United States and Polygon Books in the UK. She is also the author of the pamphlets Hinge and Faces that Fled the Wind and the collaborative essay Second Memory, which was co-authored with Pratyusha. She is the co-founder of the Scottish BPOC Writers Network, a co-organiser of the Ledbury Poetry Critics Program, and she currently teaches on the MSt. Creative Writing at the University of Cambridge. Alycia has held post-doctoral positions at the University Edinburgh and at the University of Liverpool, and she received an MFA from the University of Oregon and a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2019 CBC Poetry Prize, the 92Y Discovery Prize, the Ploughshares Emerging Writer's Award, and the 2020 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award.

"Pirmohamed writes with a flow which is rarely interrupted. She has a fine ear for the musicality in words and knows exactly where a line should turn..."

- The Scotsman

"In Alycia Pirmohamed's first full-length collection, Another Way to Split Water, figures split, double, and even shatter through inheritances of migration: 'Even as a young girl, you found fragments / of the broken mirror that same country handed you.'"

- Rebecca Morgan Frank for Poetry Foundation

"Alycia Pirmohamed's astute and moving poems dwell in a longing that's a 'pattern embossed' on the skin. An intimacy with language is evident on each page: sonic-rich phrasing, imagery that leaps and soars, and an astonishing attentiveness to the line. Pirmohamed is an immensely gifted poet. Her first book is an opening, a marvel." - Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine "In Alycia Pirmohamed's Another Way To Split Water, a reader gets to taste arrival before arrival, a form of tenderness that refracts: 'an inherited vanishing/through the slit of a dream.'" -Bhanu Kapil
"This is how Another Way to Split Water moves, wending through ossuaries and great plains, making oxbow lakes of prayers and their origins, bifurcating desire and discovery til each word holds its own river. You will want to map the navigations of these poems. You will be compelled to orbit their magnetic and inimitable oscillations. Ravenous, I reach for the depths Pirmohamed has herein abseiled." - Shivanee Ramlochan, author of Unkillable
"Alycia Pirmohamed's debut, Another Way to Split Water, is an electric, taut, and glimmering achievement: the poet conjures with clarity and intelligence a world that is marked by longing, loss, and lost lands. She splits and gathers water like hair, elegizing and praising relationships to mothers, lovers, and God, but ultimately, this is a love song to and a lament of the self, estranged and beautiful." - Aria Aber, author of Hard Damage