Tishani Doshi was born in Madras, India, in 1975. She received her masters in writing from John Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001. In 2006, her book of poems Countries of the Body won the Forward Poetry Prize for best first collection in the UK. She is also the recipient of an Eric Gregory Award for poetry and winner of the All-India Poetry Competition. Her first novel, The Pleasure Seekers, was published to critical acclaim in 2010 and has been translated into several languages. (Author photo by Carlo Pizzati)
Throughout Tishani Doshi's second book of poems, Everything Begins Elsewhere, human bodies take center stage, antagonized both by intimate physical limitations and by the indifferent borders of space and time. Doshi, a true citizen of the world who is also a celebrated dancer and novelist, continues in these lithe poems to navigate the modern era of cross-cultural contact. As much about reclamation as loss, her poems assert exhilaratingly that through the act of vanishing, we may be shaped into existence again.
"These poems move in different directions, as true poetry should. We hear in them joy and sadness, praise and lament, love and disenchantment—simultaneously. Tishani Doshi speaks courageously about herself, about her choices, about the growing shadows. It's a beautiful book."
"Page by page, we find an award-winning poet disguising the self-discipline of her craft so effectively that just as with dance, the result is an appearance of beautiful simplicity. This is a book you will cleave to; by the end, so enlightened that you may feel inclined to read it all over again—a result of its enchanting imagery."
—Wales Arts Review
Copper Canyon Press