How to Wash a Heart
Bhanu Kapil (Author)
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Liverpool University Press
May 31, 2020
4.6 X 7.2 X 0.2 inches | 0.15 pounds
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About the Author
Bhanu Kapil is the author of five books of poetry/prose: The Vertical Interrogation of Strangers (Kelsey Street Press, 2001), Incubation: a space for monsters (Leon Works, 2006), humanimal [a project for future children] (Kelsey Street Press, 2009), Schizophrene (Nightboat, 2011), and Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat, 2015)
"Brilliantly relentless... Kapil's words sit brilliantly between the intellectual and the bodily. The eponymous phrase of this book returns again and again, to be held up to the light in different ways. Violence, exile, love and the world of literature drip out in the answers to the opening question."
Andrew McMillan, Poetry Book Society
"This joyous, occasionally furious, collection explores the limits of hospitality... Kapil establishes an astonishing presence, emphasising process over product, welcoming the reader to participate in the ritual of her poems' making."
Sammi Gale, i
"Bhanu Kapil's brilliant and formally innovative How To Wash A Heart is a bold singular work... that lays bare the struggle of the immigrant... Kapil does this with a quiet brutality and stylistic flair."
"In this emotionally-complex, lyrically-innovative, and thematically-rich collection, hospitality becomes a way of exploring the classical literary themes of arrival and departure, forcing them into a space where the question of belonging is perennially unanswered."
Devina Shah, The Poetry School