Des Nikala: A Collection of Poems (In Punjabi)
This new book by the USA based author- is a collection of poems in Punjabi about violence, exile, time, and language. The poems relive the traumas that the poet and his community have been enduring throughout their history. The poems in this collection are an attempt to relive the language that time pushed into past. For the poet, the experience of exile predates the actual departure from the homeland. Exile begins with marginalization and alienation, with a discursive violence that translates into physical violence and engineers the technologies that create marginalization. In these poems, the poet confronts the structures that normalize violence, trivialize genocides, and stigmatize dissenting voices.