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Meena Kandasamy’s full-blooded and highly experimental poems challenge the dominant mode in contemporary Indian poetry in English: status-quoist, depoliticised, neatly sterilised. These caustic poems with their black humour, sharp sarcasm, tart repartees, semantic puns and semiotic plays irritate, shock and sting the readers until they are provoked into rethinking the ‘tim ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 2010 by Navayana
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Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I sample read this book before I started reading the author's new release When I Hit You or a Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife and I honestly didn't understand her angst and anger and decided to put it off for later.

Reading this now, after reading "When I hit you..." actually put things in perspective and I rather enjoyed reading this one.

Ms Militancy is a collection of her poems. This book (and her other works too, for that matter) might not go well with everyone. It's not a breezy read.
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
In Meena Kandasamy's hands, language is a weapon against centuries of oppression. Each word here is damnation, and originates from the mouths of the damned. I don't know a single dissident text in 2000 years of Hindu and Dravidian culture that transgresses the cultural patriarchy so strongly and fiercely (this is an admission of ignorance as much as it is praise). She re-interprets classic Hindu myths from a feminist perspective, writes about political topics like dissidence, lynchings, and Dali ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A collection of really powerful poems. She retells stories from a feminist and dalit perspective. Her women are not shy and docile women of the puranas; they are powerful, they flaunt their desire.
Really can't rate or review this. Poetry is not my thing. I don't know anything about it. I loved some of the things a lot and some just went over my head as usual. The rage the poetess feels and the way she goes against the entire patriarchal structure is phenomenal. ...more
Areeb Ahmad (Bankrupt_Bookworm)
"On some days of the week
They come up with the lotuses
And greet the first rays of the sun
In all their fresh/flesh/flush pinkness.

Surfacing, as in a pointillist canvas,
Speckling the grey-green temple-tank,
They float around like fish-food.
Bloated, just-born, just-dead babies.

In a tight-lipped, time-tested way,
The holy temple removes all traces
Of these floundering ones. Chlorinated,
The bathwater turns pure once more."


Ms Militancy, Meena Kandasamy's second collection of poetry, begins wit
Kshitija Ghan
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bold and unapologetic ! One of my favourites from feminist literature.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
So powerful and sharp like lethal weapon...
Arathy Puthillam
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She is so, so underrated!
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a fucking brilliant collection, especially the bits about the non-conformist Hindu goddesses. Love love love!
Prem Sylvester
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
An irreverent (in the best way) collection of poetry that leaves no heroes unscathed, no deity unturned. There is heart, yes, but one of a raging warrior, one rallying against the singe of patriarchy and casteism. No poetry I've read has matched the passion of this book, and it is an experience to behold ...more
Sivananthi T
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A collection of poems to savour, where the poet re-tells the stories of mythical women as wild, strong women who are mistresses of their own destinies. Myths were created to put women in their place the poet says, and that for women to exist as themselves there is a need to re-write these myths. There is a hint of Plath here and there.
vi macdonald
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Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it
i liked the vibes but i think some of it passed over my head tbh.
Divya Ramesh
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous fucking collection. Bursting through the seams with very real, much relatable anger, pointed and powerful, militant every step of the way.
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This needs a precursor. Reading her book first and then coming back to it ! For the first read, I couldn't quite follow the wave. ...more
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely smart, witty, powerful; this book is a weapon. Perfect example of "The pen is mightier than a sword" ...more
Gautham Raja
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Reading different perspectives of Indian Mythology and characters was mind boggling. I enjoyed that part. But I couldn't connect to the feminism part... Felt more like a feminazist view. ...more
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