Hinge by Alycia Pirmohamed
Poetry Book Society Pamphlet Choice, Summer 2020
This imaginative pamphlet carefully guides the reader on their own distinctive journey to those other-lands created by migration. Alycia Pirmohamed’s poetry, often situated in the surreal, uses the metaphor of landscape and the natural world to reflect on wider themes of belonging, cultural dissonance, and homeland. There is a quiet urgency in these poems, engaging with the experience of both the loss, and the discovery of, language and place.
Alycia Pirmohamed is the author of the pamphlets FACES THAT FLED THE WIND (selected by Camille Rankine for the 2018 BOAAT Press Chapbook Prize) and HINGE (Oxford Brookes’ ignitionpress). Her awards include the Gulf Coast Poetry Prize, the CBC Poetry Prize, the Sawti Poetry Prize in English, the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, and the Ploughshares’ Emerging Writer’s Contest in Poetry. Her work has recently appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Paris Review Daily, Guernica Magazine, Poetry London Magazine, and others. Alycia received her MFA from the University of Oregon, and she is currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh.