Book review: The Celox and The Clot — The debut collection of poems by Hafsah Aneela Bashir.
“Aneela’s words are fierce, raw and compelling and urge us to find our voice within and use it to for the voiceless. “
The Celox and the Clot presents a myriad of emotions and tremors with words, crafted into a living tapestry of truths, experiences and political injustice which have affected us all in some shape or form, especially those of us of colour.
Heritage and impacts of post colonialism are explored, through striking imagery and hard hitting metaphors which are hard to be dismissed or forgotten.
We are compelled to confront the stark reality of terrorism very early on in the collection as we are reminded in the poem titled ‘Gulshan -i- Iqbal Park’ that the price of terrorism is that of innocent blood and we are left with heart wrenching images of murdered children.
Aneela’s words are fierce, raw and compelling and urge us to find our voice within and use it to for the voiceless. We are taken on a literary journey of tragedy, triumph and are left questioning the fragility of the human psyche, our identities and the politics of our modern world.
Aneela’s debut poetry lifts and inspires with the desire to acknowledge our wounds and sooth our scars both on the political and domestic front. The collection is a raw and poignant account on how to save the world and yourself. It leaves us with knowing that our vulnerabilities are our strength and despite the challenges we face we must rise above, lift others and find power in humility.
Review by Soleha Khawar
Soleha Khawar is founder of Street Hands a London based organisation driven by strong humanitarian values, our primary objective is to provide a voice for children trapped in the cycle of domestic violence hence the service model is based on prevention and intervention.
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