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Arachne Press
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5.06 X 7.81 X 0.19 inches | 0.22 pounds

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About the Author

Rhiya Pau is a British-born poet of Indian heritage from a community that has a rich history of migration. She writes to chronicle the stories of her community and narrate the exploration of her own identity through the lenses of travel, food, ritual and language. Rhiya is the Platinum Poetry winner of the 2021 Creative Future Writers' Award. She is a Poetry Reader at the Adroit Journal and holds a BA from the University of Oxford.


Routes ...holds up to the light the wisdom of the past, and asks what else is passed down along with it.This is a collection in which routes and roots tug against one another: a family is scattered in the wake of India's Partition; its children and grandchildren make new homes for themselves within a kaleidoscope of tongues. This is a work of humane intelligence, formal experiment and linguistic verve that promises much.
Sarah Howe, Eric Gregory Awards 2022 Judge
Rhiya Pau's collection is a feast of language and probably the first with such inventive and delightful use of Gujlish. From India's Independence struggle to the global pandemic, Pau maps the political and emotional landscapes of her immigrant Gujarati family, bringing their many worlds to life through unforgettable sights, sounds, and sensations. With richly diverse and experimental storytelling, this collection re-imagines and re-interprets the many possibilities and meanings of identity, diaspora, belonging, and community for South Asian immigrants everywhere.Jenny Bhatt, author, translator, and founder of Desi Books