I was honored that Shadab Zeest Hashmi asked me to create the illustrations for the cover and the inside of her second book of poems and I am very pleased to see that the book is now printed. I met Shadab when I lived in San Diego. We gave a lecture together at the San Diego Museum of Art, with artist Marisol Rendón: “From Art History to Art Making: Emigrant/Immigrant: Culture and Identity in Art” (November 14, 2009).
Shadab’s poetry makes us travel. Faces, colors, scents, places, sounds and landscapes are all weaved together. In this book you’ll find words from Delhi, Bangkok, Peshawar, Paris. Although painful at times – her poems bear the shadow of the war -, her journey will lift your heart.
About Shadab (from her website)
Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s poems have appeared in Poetry International, Vallum, Nimrod, The Bitter Oleander, Journal of Postcolonial Writings, The Cortland Review, South Asian Review, RHINO, Hubbub, New Millennium Writings, The Citron Review, 3 Quarks Daily, San Diego Free Press, and are forthcoming in The Adirondack Review, Sugar Mule and other places. Her essays on eastern poetic forms such as the Ghazal and Qasida have been published in the Journal of Contemporary World Literature, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies and Knot magazine. She represents Pakistan on Universe: A United Nations of Poetry .
Shadab Zeest Hashmi’s first book Baker of Tarifa won the 2011 San Diego Book Award for poetry. She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times and has taught as a visiting professor at San Diego State University. Hashmi has served as the editor of San Diego’s Magee Park Poets Anthology since 2000 and is the English Section editor of MahMag World Literature.
About Kohl & Chalk
In her first collection Baker of Tarifa, a contemplation of the symbiotic Euro-Arab culture of Andalusia and its reverberations across the centuries, Shadab Zeest Hashmi revealed a bold and original voice with an ability to meld cultures and poetic forms with great skill. In Kohl and Chalk, she takes this further with her accomplished ghazals – a poetic form that is central to Urdu literature and song. This is a truly exciting collection, and Hashmi is clearly a poet to watch. — Muneeza Shamsie (Editor Leaving Home and A Dragon Fly in the Sun)
Shadab Zeest Hashmi
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