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In the Name of Red

In the Name of Red

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‘For Z.R. Ghani the colour red is the Borgesian aleph […]. Her instrument is the finely honed and pellucid lyric, without the slightest hint of effort, overstatement or pretension.’ ~ Tim Liardet

 

From lips and warmed cheeks to silk and falling leaves, the subjects of Z.R. Ghani’s poems radiate with redness. Sometimes a cloak, often a shining symbol, Ghani’s reds are sacred and dazzling: pomegranates ripening to jewels and perfectly-placed bindis shining like suns.

 

But something darker lurks beneath the ruby depths. A city is held hostage by a heatwave, a flame is lit in a dark room, a ballerina twists inside a jewellery box.

As though developing photographs, Ghani shines a deep light over her poems as a tool to slowly make the unseen visible, the unsaid audible. This is a debut book rich with desire, shame, grief, faith, love, and at the forefront of it all: the colour red.

I remember in my mouth the taste of the river.
The rocks in my pockets felt familiar.
They were souvenirs from my father,
the lonesome traveller,
who chewed the fish’s eyes
and gave me its opalescent flesh.

From ‘Taste of the River’

Cover & illustrations by Louise Weir.

 

Page count: 36

Publication date: 24 April 2024

Paperback ISBN: 9781915628220

Stock allowing, your package will include our latest risoprint zine, ‘The Emma Press Post’, which features poems and illustrations from the titles our catalogue, plus original drawings.

Z. R. Ghani

Z. R. Ghani is from London. She graduated with a B.A. in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in 2012. Her poems, which explore themes of identity, femininity, religion, and nature, have been published in literary journals such as Magma, Black Bough Poetry and The Adriatic. In 2021 her first collection of poems was shortlisted in the Poetry Wales Pamphlet Competition.

Description

From lips and warmed cheeks to silk and falling leaves, the subjects of Z.R. Ghani’s poems radiate with redness. Sometimes a cloak, often a shining symbol, Ghani’s reds are sacred and dazzling: pomegranates ripening to jewels and perfectly-placed bindis shining like suns.

But something darker lurks beneath the ruby depths. A city is held hostage by a heatwave, a flame is lit in a dark room, a ballerina twists inside a jewellery box.

As though developing photographs, Ghani shines a deep light over her poems as a tool to slowly make the unseen visible, the unsaid audible. This is a debut book rich with desire, shame, grief, faith, love, and at the forefront of it all: the colour red.

Cover & illustrations by Louise Weir.

Praise for In the Name of Red

‘For Z.R. Ghani the colour red is the Borgesian aleph, the core, the sump, the source of everything: her own myths, narratives and traumas are cast in its supernal light. Her instrument is the finely honed and pellucid lyric, without the slightest hint of effort, overstatement or pretension. In the Name of Red is an exciting and highly sophisticated debut collection and Z.R Ghani is one to look out for.’ – Tim Liardet

‘Z. R. Ghani is one of my favourite contemporary poets. Her highly poetic work feels tightly controlled and crafted, yet it leaves you breathless. This debut collection with the Emma Press, with all its freshness and originality, is one to savour.’  – Matthew M. C. Smith

‘...in these poems, there is the suggestion of a spirit seeking to tear itself away from bodily ties so that it can wander off into wild experience…’ – Ewan Smith, reader

 

Additional information

Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × .5 cm
Format

Pamphlet, eBook

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