Collegiality and Other Ballads: feminist poems by male and non-binary allies
We believe feminism is a way of life and requires instillation in a nation’s cultural memory. Men’s involvement in feminist politics builds a web of solidarity for empathetic futures. This collection, very much in tune with the third and fourth waves of feminism, puts the onus onto those who are historically and structurally in socially privileged positions of power: men, white or upper caste. Instead of usurping the emotional labor of survivors, these reflective pieces quantify social uplift basis male action and intention. The anthology also discusses issues that concern Dalit, Indigenous and Queer poets, issues that patriarchal society and elected governments invisibilize as non-existent.
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20 May 2021
Having read these poems, I take heart that men can write about women, write as women, no less about the horrors men have created for women, horrors which men must own. I cannot think of more intricate, beautiful poetry of pain and guilt. Do read and be stunned by the strange and painful aesthetic violence and inequity can create. – Saikat Majumdar
Shamayita Sen is a Delhi based poet, lecturer, and PhD research candidate (Department of English, University of Delhi). She writes about grief and mourning, longing for her father’s lap. Most of her poems that are now a part of her début collection, For the Hope of Spring (Hawakal Publishers, 2020) were written with a kind of guilt and restlessness as India suffered through the pandemic induced lockdown and Amphun last year. The government’s apathy affects her more than her writing can contain. Her creative pieces on gender violence and mental health are inspired by traumatic experiences of her acquaintances and herself. Her research articles and poems have appeared in various avenues in India and abroad. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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