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The Country at My Shoulder (Oxford Poets) Paperback – 23 Sep 1993
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About the Author
About the Author Moniza Alvi is a British poet who was born in Pakistan.
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A beautifully-written, thought-provoking collection
12 October 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
It is indeed a pity that Alvi's collection isn't read and studied more widely. The poems, which are clever yet accessible, deal mainly with the experience of immigration and the challenges that immigrants face in their adopted country. In constructing the psychological struggles of these cultural hybrids, Pakistan-born Alvi who now resides in the UK, draws on her own diasporic status. "Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan", which captures the simultaneous pride, embarrassment and unworthiness a young Asian girl in Britain feels in relation to the country of her birth, is easily the best poem in the volume.