Another Way to Split Water by Alycia Pirmohamed
Longlisted for the Jhalak Prize 2023
In Alycia Pirmohamed's debut collection, Another Way to Split Water, a woman's body expands and contracts across the page, fog uncoils at the fringes of a forest, and water in all its forms cascades into metaphors of longing and separation just as often as it signals inheritance, revival, and recuperation. Language unfolds into unforgettable and arresting imagery, offering a map toward self-understanding that is deeply rooted in place. These poems are a lyrical exploration of how ancestral memory reforms and transforms throughout generations, through stories told and retold, imagined and reimagined. It is a meditation on womanhood, belonging, faith, intimacy, and the natural world.
'Pirmohamed is an immensely gifted poet' - Eduardo C. Corral
'An electric, taut, and glimmering achievement' - Aria Aber