By Dilruba Ahmed
(Graywolf Press, Paperback, 9781555975890, 88pp.)
Publication Date: June 21, 2011
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Winner of the 2010 Bakeless Prize for Poetry, the debut collection by Dilruba Ahmed
Can’t occupy the same space at the same time
unless, of course, you land in Dhaka
—from “Dhaka Dust”
Dilruba Ahmed's work has appeared in Cream City Review, New England Review, New Orleans Review, and other publications. She was born in Philadelphia and raised in Ohio, and holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College.
For National Poetry Month, Bangladeshi-American poet Dilruba Ahmed talks about how her heritage and her experience of being an outsider in small rural towns pushed her toward writing poetry. More at NPR.org
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“Clear, sensuous, and astute, Dilruba Ahmed’s poems play and radiate off each other in subtle and provocative ways. She embraces life in all its complexity and handles a variety of forms with originality and grace. And the themes of departures and arrivals, of cultural and poetic hybridity, resonate gorgeously through this book.” —ARTHUR SZE, Bakeless Prize Judge