Still by Nadine Aisha
Still by Nadine Aisha
'I've kept them all, empty boxes and costume pearls and the growing weight of words, words, words.'
- from "Girl Time", Still
Still is the debut poetry pamphlet from Nadine Aisha, exploring women's stories and women's survival - be it of Islamophobia, racism, or gender-based violence. Still takes readers on a journey through women's worlds, at times sharing the strength of women's voices and women's spaces, at times the injustices committed against them, the silences which need to be broken.
Read more about Nadine Aisha’s work at http://nadineaisha.wix.com/nadineaisha#!still-1/v0obs or via Twitter @nadineaishaj.
‘These are transformation poems, neither questions nor answers but including both in a sweet, spare language.’
- Alice Mitchell, author of A View From The Weatherhouse
‘There's such warmth, beauty, and soul in Nadine Aisha’s expression. She powerfully depicts women's love, relationships and compassion, counteracted against harassment and violence. There is a theme of naming and renaming here - and the move from others naming and defining you with sexual aggression, hostility and racism to renaming yourself and your own body.’
- Johanna Laitila, PhD candidate, University of St Andrews
'[Aisha’s poetry] is an intriguing balance of skilful wordplay and dark storytelling… Still it seems is a process of getting to know the events that shape us, getting to know the women in our life, and in turn getting to know ourselves.'
- Big Words Blog
'Beautiful and brave. Poems for survivors.'
- Sarah Bernstein, author of Now Comes the Lightning
'Nadine Aisha is a fantastic addition to the diverse field of contemporary British writing. Her collection is an honest portrayal of violence, survival, and hope, highlighting the strength to be found in storytelling and kinship.'
- Lena Wanggren, University of Edinburgh
‘Aisha’s poetry is a stunning example of the power and multiplicity of [young women’s] voices. .. Women’s experiences are unequivocally at the core of Aisha’s poems. Opening with a meditation on the love and correspondences between generations of women, the pamphlet moves on to address the quiet violence of ingrained racism and sexism as well as the brutality of its more vicious symptoms … Still is a powerful celebration of resilience, compassion, and love.'
– Ally Crockford, YWCA Scotland
Still is the debut poetry pamphlet from Nadine Aisha, exploring women's stories and women's survival - be it of Islamophobia, racism, or gender-based violence. Still takes readers on a journey through women's worlds, at times sharing the strength of women's voices and women's spaces, at times the injustices commited against them, the silences which need to be broken.
‘Still is a fine debut and welcome new lyric for Scottish poetry. It is firmly situated in the contemporary experience of women, embracing a plurality of voices: female family members, abused women and the voices of racist, sexist men. Nadine Aisha’s strong central ‘I’ voice is the backbone connecting the varied, found utterances into a vivid, cohesive picture of life under patriarchy. Aisha’s poetry, mostly free verse about the struggle to be free, shows a deft touch for line endings and internal and half rhyme, which emerge from the measured tone of the verse as little surprises. At one point the poet writes: ‘her rhymes are not enough,’ yet, the poetry gives voice to otherwise hidden stories and experiences of women at the hands of men. These poems are fragments of lives and voices that find strength together, subtle, rather than hammer blunt, they quietly break some silences.’
– nick-e melville
'Aisha’s poems shout the secrets of women’s lives with subtlety, pain and power. This is poetry to survive and to live with.'
- Dr Samantha Walton, Lecturer in English Literature,Bath Spa University
‘Still marks the entry into the circle of Scottish poetry the fresh voice of Nadine Aisha. And how welcome it is, bringing as it does an incisive, insightful conjuring of the worlds of women rarely heard in the canon; of mothers, aunts, sisters and survivors, women ‘half in and half out of parentheses’. This is a brave, bold debut full of elegiac lyricism and tenderness; like the braiding of one woman’s hair by another or the poignancy felt leafing through a family album and discovering like an epiphany the injustices of the past, so frequently lying dormant, hidden in plain sight. Still is a collection I am excited about bringing to the attention of a wide array of readers at Glasgow Women’s Library and will be citing in my promotion of the richness of contemporary women’s writing in Scotland.’
- Adele Patrick, Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women’s Library