even this page is white
Vivek Shraya's debut collection of poetry, even this page is white, is a bold, timely and personal interrogation of skin — its origins, functions and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized.
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Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible and undeniable. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)
is it my skin that betrays
this skeleton? i pray
for answers for my dreams
hunched back dim light
blue ink blank paper knelt over
wept over now i grasp why thirty-four
years of praying through writing
awoke no god
so i protest this page
From even this page is white by Vivek Shraya ©2016. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.