Mona Arshi

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Mona Arshi is a British poet. She won the Forward Prize, Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection in 2015 for her work Small Hands.
She was educated at Lampton Comprehensive School In Hounslow. She studied at Guildford College of Law and University College London where she obtained a Masters In human rights law in 2002.She worked for several ...

Mona Arshi Poems

1.
Notes Towards An Elegy

i.
Entirely occupied. A million throats
migrate towards my ribs,
secrete syllables in my chest.
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2.
On Ellington Road

Old man Harvey, with his thick specs and polished shoes
shouting trespassers, yet offering us a penny for collecting
his waspy pears.
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3.
The Daughters

My daughters have lost
two hundred and thirty-six teeth
and counting.
They possess so many skills: they can
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4.
Phone Call On A Train Journey

The smallest human bone in the ear
weighs no more than a grain of rice.

She keeps thinking it means something
but probably is nothing.
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5.
Ghazal

Not even our eyes are our own . . .

- Frederico Garcia Lorca, The House of Bernarda Alba
I want to tune in to the surface, beside the mayfly
listen to how she holds her decorum on the skin of the pond.
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