Wasps in a Golden Dream Hum a Strange Music

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ECW Press, Oct 31, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 128 pages
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? In the age of increasing surveillance of borders, the border is where every thing significant occurs; map the border and you begin to understand the pulse of a nation, Asher Ghaffar writes in the introduction to wasps in a golden dream hum a strange music, his debut collection of poetry. In 2003, he was stopped at the Wagah border post, where hundreds gather to watch the spectacle of the aggressive flag-lowering ceremony on both the Indian and Pakistani side. Deploying the Wagah border literally and metaphorically, Ghaffar movingly
 

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Contents

TIRUVANNAMALAI
WASPS IN A GOLDEN DREAM
BLACKOUT
PRODUCTION
MAPPING THE FURNACE ROOM
WASPS IN A GOLDEN DREAM HUM ASTRANGE MUSIC
MEANWHILE A CONTINENT AWAY
DOG DAYS

INTRODUCTION TO A HOME
VANISHING
MOTHER
NOTES TO THE FATHER
NOTES TO THE FATHER II
MISMATCH
HALFLIFE
FITFUL AWAKENINGS
CONDUCTION
THE NEW SENTENCE
STUMPING
THE GREAT CANADIAN SPAM POEM
WHITE NOISE
GOODBYE TORONTO
DESIRE NEVER LEAVES
CELLULOSE
DISRUPTION
PREDICTABLY THE HOUSE WAS NOT THERE
SID
BETWEEN FETISH AND PHOBIC
ARABIAN NIGHTS
CHAPTER ONE
PRE FACE
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
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About the author (2008)

Asher Ghaffar is a poet whose work has been featured in CV 2, dANDelion, The Kenyon Review, and Open Letter. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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