The stunning new collection from Manchester-based poet Hafsah Aneela Bashir. The Celox and the Clot is ‘a startling, bold debut from a voice that needs to be heard in contemporary poetry’ (Helen Mort). It is a great time for representative works such as this to capture identity, class and race struggles in the backdrop of one of the busiest cities in the UK. Hafsah pulls the words alive, which makes her debut collection so remarkable, and so important to read.
The poems are by turns tender, poignant and fierce. With searingly sharp detail, this is an exploration of the private and the public, teasing out the relationship between the two; compelling readers to stop and look again and again at what they had imagined was the familiar.
Hafsah Aneela Bashir is a writer and performance poet with an MA in Postcolonial Literary and Culture from the University of Leeds. Also a TOAST2016 poet and one of six recipients of Manchester International Festival’s Jerwood Fellowships 2017, she recently wrote and performed a monologue based on her grandmother’s experience of the India/Pakistan 1947 partition with The Royal Exchange Theatre. She is a Leader Of Tomorrow with the Artistic Directors Leadership Programme, has performed for numerous festivals, is creating theatre work of her own exploring womanhood and faith and is still a sane mother of five.
‘There is a strength, humanity and vitality in her writing that I find glorious, hopeful and outstanding. A powerful debut collection, heartfelt and original, Hafsah has a voice that rips your heart out.’ – SALENA GODDEN