Afshan Dsouza-Lodhis debut poetry collection re: desire explores the yearning to love, be loved and belong from a desi (South Asian) perspective. Her work sits on the intersections of flash fiction, poetry and script, echoing the hybridity of the worlds that many young British desis find themselves occupying. Drawing on the poetry of many different languages and cultures Urdu, English, Konkani, Islamic and Christian this collection explores how we access our traditions from a distance.
re: desire is a collection of poetry that draws upon literary traditions and cultural references to flip the male gaze common in mushairas on its head. Common themes for mushairas are love, God and being drunk or intoxicated by love and God but is usually seen from a male perspective. The pieces in re:desire are mainly told from a female perspective, and question the gender given to particular acts, objects and ideas
Afshan appeared at VERVE 2019 as part of our wonderful Yoniverse Collective event.
Date: 25th June 2020
Extent: 100 pp