***A 2019 Poetry Book Society Winter Wild Card***A Sunday Times Book of the Year 2019***
Ever since her first Carcanet book, In White Ink (1991), Mimi Khalvati has been drawn to the sonnet form. In Afterwardness its pull became irresistible. She has created in this unprogrammatic series, mixing memory, history, daily life, all her intersecting geographies and cultures, a self-portrait in all her moods, anxieties and delights. The sonnet form is stretched in all sorts of fruitful directions. Just as she adapted the ghazal form to English use, here she puts the Petrarchan sonnet to striking, unfamiliar use, widening the possibilities of the form. The poems are rich with Khalvati’s personal history, her Iranian origins, her long years in Great Britain. The poems play between cultures, ancestral and acquired.
It was wonderful to have Mimi with us at Verve 2020 – she absolutely wowed our audience at the Sunday Headline event and her reading was a real highlight!
Date: 31st Oct 2019
Extent: 72 pp