Characters and landscapes leap off every page and the poems pulse with a visceral humanity as Maharsi glories in the possibilities of language and life. Reading this book is like being splashed with freezing water and showered with popping candy and wild roses – surprising, refreshing and bewildering, and something you won’t forget in a hurry.
‘Wherever one happens to dip into this collection, you can be guaranteed a blend of refreshment and anger, conflict and peace side-by-side without ever appearing at odds. Ikhda herself has conjured a fantastic tree of poetry, branching out and blooming on the strength of her conviction as a writer of innovation and sentiment.’ – James Mcloughlin on Sabotage Reviews
‘Awash with diverse characters and adventurous settings, the collection picks apart the joys and tragedies of humanity and celebrates the uniqueness of our individual lives.’ – For Books’ Sake
‘In one of the most sensory collections of recent years, Ikhda Ayuning Marharsi works through different relationships; from mothers and sons, to strangers in the street, through to our relationship with language, rhythm and the building blocks of communication itself; words’ – Alexa Turnpenney for Cadaverine
‘Ikhda, by Ikhda takes us towards a recognisably cosmopolitan space, where the English language finds its borders with languages from French to Italian and beyond. […] Maharsi’s poems draw us deeper into the private spaces her linguistic collages define, as with her poems ‘Pinkie Minimus’ and ‘Gili Gili’.’ – Merion Jordan for Lighthouse Journal