Europa

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Bloodaxe, 2008 - Poetry - 63 pages
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Many of the poems in Moniza Alvi's Europa relate to ancient and modern traumas, including enforced exile, alienation, rape and "honour killing". Its centre-piece is a re-imagining of the story of the rape of Europa by Jupiter as a bull. Her latest collection also includes a series of poems exploring post-traumatic stress disorder, and further versions of the French poet Jules Supervielle with their Second World War background.

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Contents

PostTraumatic
10
Her Symptoms
12
Memory Memory
13
Key Words
14
In Response
15
Candle
16
The Sleeping Wound
17
So Much More
18
Hanging
46
Sunday
47
Honour
48
The Veil
49
To My Posthumous Self
50
Fish Swimming
51
In the Forest
52
Red Apples
53

Interior Degas
19
The Beautiful Apology
20
Mermaid
21
The Ride
22
EUROPA AND THE BULL
23
Night
40
The Trees Outside My Window
41
War and Peace on Earth
42
Hold My Breath in This Country With Its Sad Past
44
The Crossing
45
Europas Dream
54
Island
55
Outsider
56
A Gift
57
Intimation
58
Happiness
59
Upholding the
60
Not Exactly
62
King Agenor
63
Copyright

About the author (2008)

Born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1954, Moniza Alvi teaches English part-time at a girls' school in South London. Her first collection of poems The Country at my Shoulder (OPB, 1993) led to her being chosen as one of the New Generation' of poets.

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