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Countries of the Body – Tishani Doshi

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‘There is magic in her poems.’ — U. R. Ananthamurthy.

First published in 2006, Tishani Doshi’s debut collection, Countries of the Body, marks the arrival of a major new voice in international poetry. It won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection. Each poem in this collection sings of the body with all its contours and contradictions. Republished in this very special edition, the poems will enchant readers old and new with their delicate and haunting quality.

About the Author

Tishani Doshi (born 1975) is an Indian poet, journalist and dancer based in Chennai. Born in Madras, India, to a Welsh mother and Gujarati father, she received an Eric Gregory Award in 2001. Her first poetry collection, Countries of the Body, won the 2006 Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection. She has been invited to the poetry galas of the Guardian-sponsored Hay Festival of 2006 and the Cartagena Hay Festival of 2007. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published by Bloomsbury in 2010 and was long-listed for the Orange Prize in 2011, and shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize in 2010.

She works as a freelance writer and worked with choreographer Chandralekha until the latter’s death in December 2006. She graduated with a Masters degree in creative writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

Countries of the Body was launched in 2006 at the Hay-on-Wye festival on a platform with Seamus Heaney, Margaret Atwood, and others. The opening poem, The Day we went to the Sea, won the 2005 British Council supported All India Poetry Competition; she was also a finalist in the Outlook-Picador Non-Fiction Competition.

Her short story Lady Cassandra, Spartacus and the dancing man was published in its entirety in the journal The Drawbridge in 2007. Her most recent book of poetry, Everything Begins Elsewhere was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2013.

Her newest book, The Adulterous Citizen – poems stories essays (2015) was launched at the 13th annual St. Martin Book Fair by House of Nehesi Publishers, making Tishani Doshi the first important author from India to be published in the Caribbean.

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