Threads by Sandeep Parmar, Nisha Ramayya & Bhanu Kapil
Published by Clinic, 2018
First edition run of 300.
This creative-critical pamphlet is a shared experiment, combining poetry, personal correspondence, the lyric essay and scholarly research, and is co-written by three vital voices in experimental poetry. The pamphlet began life as an essay by Sandeep Parmar, 'Lyric Violence, the Nomadic Subject and the Fourth Space', written partly in dialogue with Bhanu Kapil, exploring the lyric self 'as a way towards', a 'fluid, fluxive' alternative for the racialised subject from the entrenched – and predominantly white – conventions of lyric poetry. Parmar offers 'new coordinates of being' in writing, which are then picked up and rewoven by Nisha Ramayya as she proposes a Tantric poetics, and Bhanu Kapil closes the sequences with an original prose sonnet considering textiles, diasporic time, race and creative writing.