Mother Tongue Apologize
"Preeti Vangani is, as she freely admits, riffing on the African-American poet Amiri Baraka, who once claimed that poems were useless unless they could shoot, or provide us with daggers, or serve as our fists. Pepper spray and cries for change are more humane than fists and daggers, but Vangani's urgency is no less intense than Baraka's. Her poem constantly circle back to the condition of women, both in India and the world, and call for change. She honors her mother, whose struggle with cancer she documents in a number of her poems, but she yearns for a world larger than that which her mother was not permitted to inhabit. Her yearning takes the form of meditations on love and sex, on violence, fear, joy, and death. They are poems of feminist struggle--emphatically so. But it is because, not in spite, of this that they speak so directly and so powerfully to not only to women, and not only to Indians, but to that which is most human in all of us." -- Page 7
RædLeaf Foundation for Poetry & Allied Arts
poetry, women authors, women's rights, India
Vangani, Preeti, "Mother Tongue Apologize" (2019). 2019 USF Faculty and Staff Books. 3.