Tishani Doshi's Girls Are Coming Out Of The Woods is Hay Festival's October Book of the Month.
Girls are coming out of the woods,
wrapped in cloaks and hoods,
carrying iron bars and candles
and a multitude of scars, collected
on acres of premature grass and city
buses, in temples and bars...
Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods is an unflinching collection of poems that weave between topics from violence against women, to time and memory. Her third full collection in English, it blends visceral power with artistic elegance, re-imagining form as it sifts through detail and emotion.
"It's very much a collection for this moment in history, but one that will endure long past it" – Kamila Shamsie, The Guardian (Best Summer Books 2018).