Khairani Barokka’ssecond poetry collection is an intricate exploration of colonialism andenvironmental injustice: her acute, interlaced language draws clear connectionsbetween colonial exploitation of fellow humans, landscapes, animals, andecosystems. Amidst the horrifying damage that has resulted for peoples asinterlinked with places, there is firm resistance. Resonant and deeplyattentive, the lyricism of these poems is juxtaposed with the traumaticcircumstances from which they emerge. Through these defiant, potent verses, thebody-particularly the disabled body-is centred as an ecosystem in its ownright. Barokka’s poems are every bit as alarming, urgent and luminous as isnecessary in the age of climate catastrophe as outgrowth of colonial violence.
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