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even this page is white

Vivek Shraya's debut collection of poetry is a bold, timely and personal interrogation of skin — its origins, functions and limitations.

Vivek Shraya

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.

Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible and undeniable. (From Arsenal Pulp Press)

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From the book

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

even
this page
is white
so i protest this page


From even this page is white by Vivek Shraya ©2016. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press.

Author interviews

Vivek Shraya on her poetry collection. 3:11