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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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, Arsh ...more
Paperback, 56 pages
Published 2015 by Liverpool University Press

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Steven Critelli
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mona Arshi's Small Hands was the winner of the 2015 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection, and it is first rate in every sense of the word. Small Hands contains a ample variety of poems, the best of which are the witty love poems (like "Practicing Your Skills," "What Every Girl Should Know Before Marriage," and "Bad Day at the Office," which are grouped in the front of the collection) and the sequence of poems dedicated to her brother's death (which form the heart of the collection). Ther ...more
Serge ♆ Neptune
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
My standout poems: Entomological Specimens; My Father Wants to be a Rooftop Railway Surfer; Parvati Waits for the Return of Shiva, After the Slaying of Ganesh.
Zena Kazeme
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully explores the intricacies, sorrow and joy of the second-generation immigrant woman's experiences.
meghan
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Mona Arshi's first collection is stunning. Her ability to evoke the absolute depth of heartbreak or joy with one image or a few lines is rare to find and reads like a reawakening of language. Her writing has the ability to make each of us human again, reminding us why participating in life is so important, even if it's often painful. Her work asks her readers to be human first, and then something more.
Jay Moran
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A mighty, gorgeous collection that explores the depth of grief, the joys and pains of tradition, and the experience of women.
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