On the wings of ‘poesy’

Pakistani diaspora poets and the ‘Pakistani idiom’

Authored by: Waseem Anwar

The Routledge Companion to Pakistani Anglophone Writing

Print publication date:  September  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138745520
eBook ISBN: 9781315180618
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This essay offers a survey of selective contemporary Pakistani anglophone poetry by postcolonial and post-independence Pakistani diaspora poets. Placed against the backdrop of a poetic-cum-political tradition of scepticism, these poets trace thematic dis/connections and un/concerns, so that one finds in their imaginative ventures a configuration of some futuristic transnational poetics in terms of acceptance and resistance. One ends up asking: So, on the wings of Pakistani ‘poesy’, where to now? One equally wonders if seminal concepts like Taufiq Rafat’s ‘Towards a Pakistani Idiom’ are recontextualisable for our ‘Pakistani (English poetic) idiom’ and aid its interpretation?

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