With her debut poetry collection Shraya applies her keen intelligence and awareness of her positionality to white privilege and systematic racism. Shraya pushes past the notion that racism is anything other than commonplace. It's multi-layered and thought-provoking, as well as imaginative and mind-opening. This combination makes this an unflinching, timely, and necessary read. Keep this as an antidote to the legion of white male poets on your syllabus.— From Courtney
"brown is not a barrier you are
and when you say don't play the race card
you mean don't call me white"
To my fellow POC: Read this, then give it to your white friends to read.
To all the white folks: If there's one book of poetry you read this year, or in your entire lifetime, read this one.— From Avery
Vivek Shraya's debut collection of poetry is a bold and timely 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.
Vivek Shraya is a writer, musician, and filmmaker whose previous books include God Loves Hair and She of the Mountains. She lives in Toronto.