Mona Arshi’s debut collection Small Hands introduces a brilliant and compelling new voice. At the centre of the book is the slow detonation of grief after her brother’s death but her work focuses on the whole variety of human experience: pleasure, hardship, tradition, energised by language which is in turn both tender and risky. Often startling as well as lyrical, Arshi’s poems resist fixity; there is a gentle poignancy at work here which haunt many of the poems. This is humane poetry. Arshi’s is a daring, moving and original voice.
Mona appeared in the first headline event at the very first Verve alongside Kim Moore and Katrina Naomi. It was a truly wonderful reading and we would love to have Mona back again some day!
Date: 30th April 2015
Extent: 80 pp