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Veils, Halos & Shackles

Veils, Halos & Shackles is an important anthology of international poets speaking out about the oppression of women. It makes for some heavy reading - be warned - but isn’t that the goal of poetry, to make us feel more strongly about something than we otherwise do? I have two poems here, one about the rape of women in India was also published on New Verse News and can be read here

From the publisher: 

All over the world, girls and women are victims of violence, oppression, and discrimination. No country, no community, no religious or ethnic group is immune. Too often, women’s voices are stifled, ignored, or trivialized — and as a result, other victims of abuse feel alone and unsupported.

​A Unique and Important Anthology

As part of the global effort to combat gender-based victimization, Kasva Press is proud to publish Veils, Halos & Shackles, the first-ever anthology of international poetry specifically addressing the oppression and empowerment of women. Veils, Halos & Shackles includes 249 poems by poets from dozens of countries — from Brazil to Bangladesh, from New Zealand to Nigeria. Many of the contributors are among the world’s most accomplished living poets.

These diverse, impeccably crafted poems tell us that Afghanistan, Australia, Canada, Ireland, India, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, the US, the UK, and other countries are not so dissimilar where the oppression of women is concerned. Many of the contributors to Veils, Halos & Shackles are survivors of rape and other crimes that affect women and girls every day; others are grandmothers, mothers, daughters, friends, and teachers of victims and survivors. Still others write out of empathy and concern, having been moved deeply by the fate of human beings who just happen to be female.

Words can kill…. But words can also heal.

The December 2012 rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi moved thousands of people to pour into the streets in protest. Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women was conceived in response to that vicious gang-rape and to the unprecedented public activism for women’s safety that followed it. Editors Charles Adès Fishman and Smita Satay, distinguished poets in their own right, spent three years seeking out the finest poems and testimony to include in this unique anthology.

In editing Veils, Halos & Shackles, our focus has been on finding poems that tell the truth about the violence & oppression women are subjected to in our time — poems that move individuals & that may even have the power to affect governments — poems that ask us to protect & nurture women through intelligent laws & the transformation of cultures.

— Charles Adès Fishman & Smita Sahay

In addition to extraordinary poems, Veils, Halos & Shackles includes testimony by the poets explaining what moved them to address this subject in their work. We at Kasva Press believe that this volume will be an essential and timely contribution to the cause of women’s empowerment and freedom, speaking to a global audience and giving a voice to the millions whose outcries have been silenced.

Please contact us at [email protected] for international orders or larger quantities. Veils, Halos & Shackles is available to bookstores and other “trade” outlets through Small Press Distribution.