Khairani Barokka’s second poetry collection is an intricate exploration of colonialism and environmental injustice: her acute, interlaced language draws clear connections between colonial exploitation of fellow humans, landscapes, animals, and ecosystems. Amidst the horrifying damage that has resulted for peoples as interlinked with places, there is firm resistance. Resonant and deeply attentive, the lyricism of these poems is juxtaposed with the traumatic circumstances from which they emerge. Through these defiant, potent verses, the body, particularly the disabled body, is centred as an ecosystem in its own right. Barokka’s poems are every bit as alarming, urgent and luminous as is necessary in the age of climate catastrophe as outgrowth of colonial violence.
Khairani read for us at our very first VERVE in 2017 from her single poem volume, Indigenous Species published by the wonderful Tilted Axis Press. It was a wonderful, impassioned performance and wonderful to have her with us!
Date: 25th March 2021
Extent: 72 pp