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  • I Belong to Nowhere: Poems of Hope and Resistance

Tilted Axis Press

I Belong to Nowhere: Poems of Hope and Resistance

by Kalyani Thakur Charal.

Translated from Bengali/Bangla by Mrinmoy Pramanick.

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  • Paperback published on 27/07/2023
  • Page count: 112 pages
  • ISBN: 9781911284765
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Quick take

The first English-language collection from one of India’s most hard-hitting writers, these poems brilliantly exemplify writing as an act of resistance. 


Militant, satirical, and biting, Kalyani Charal pulls no punches in eviscerating paternalistic - and patriarchal - bourgeois socialists who speak on behalf of others. Writing from lived experience, Charal delineates the bourgeois values that fuel the social machinery of caste oppression, while drawing parallels with social and racial marginalisation around the world. Thus, in her poetry, the specificity of Dalit lives in Bengal, a region which prides itself on its Leftist history and enlightened culture, and whose partition into India and Bangladesh has left a legacy of communal tension, refugees, and statelessness, is at the same time the universality of precarity, marginality and dispossession. Finally, there is space for love - wistful and full-throated, with an attentiveness to the natural world that speaks to her claim that “all Dalit woman writers are eco feminists”.

About the author

Kalyani Thakur Charal is a Dalit feminist poet writing in the Bengali language. She has published four volumes of poetry, a collection of critical essays, a collection of short stories, and an autobiography. She edits the Dalit women’s magazine Neer, is on the board of a publishing house focusing solely on Dalit writers, and on the Dalit Sahitya Akademi. She recently edited Dalit Lekhika: Women’s Writing from Bengal.

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