The Glimmer


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$16.95  $15.76
Bloodaxe Books
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5.5 X 8.4 X 0.5 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Shazea Quraishi is a Pakistani-born Canadian poet, playwright and translator based in London. A selection of her work was included in the Bloodaxe anthology Ten: new poets from Spread the Word in 2010 and her first pamphlet, The Courtesans Reply, was published by flipped eye in 2012. The Art of Scratching, her first book-length collection, was published by Bloodaxe Books in 2015. Her second, The Glimmer, is published by Bloodaxe in 2022. She received a Brooklease Grant from the Royal Society of Literature in 2015 and an award from the Artists International Development Fund of the British Council and Arts Council England in the same year.


"Constraint, precision and technical mastery characterise this compelling and generous narrative of collective artistic endeavour. If the 'form is the measure of the obsession' then this collection is a lifelong obsession with the truth-telling nature of art." - Sasha Dugdale, poet and translator

'the...extraordinarily powerful and haunting Glimmer contains poems that range in form from syllabics and ghazals to OULIPO-inspired anagram. Quraishi's poems emerge from found text and verbatim speech through the corridors of which she brings a choir of voices to life.' - Ian Brinton, Long Poem Magazine

'In her exquisite The Glimmer, Shazea Quraishi speaks in the voice of a taxidermist, preserving the bodies of small creatures with painstaking skill... This intimate work leads her outwards, to engagement with other artists in the Mexican village where she is staying, and to meditations on the nature of art.' - Dorothy Yamamoto, ARTEMISpoetry

"A second collection from Pakistani-born Canadian poet, playwright and translator Quraishi, packed with many voices, such as a Mexican taxidermist, a painter of miniatures, a war photographer, a filmmaker, a light artist, a novelist, a ghazal singer and dancers from Tanztheater Wuppertal." - Will Smith, The Bookseller

'This is a collection generous in wisdom, in which every act of creativity is underpinned by a refusal to accept the silence of death... As we are told in 'Day 23', 'The form is always the measure of obsession' and this is a good summary of the emotional core of this remarkable book.' - Ellora Sutton, Mslexia