Tishani Doshi

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods

Tishani Doshi

Publication Date : 24 May 2018

ISBN: 9781780371979

Pages: 65
Size :216 x 138mm
Rights: World

Poetry Book Society Recommendation

'In Girls are Coming out of the Woods, Tishani Doshi combines artistic elegance with a visceral power to create a breathtaking panorama of danger, memory, beauty and the strange geographies of happiness. This is essential, immediate, urgent work and Doshi is that rare thing, an unashamed visionary who knows that, "while you and I go on with life / remembering and forgetting, / the poets remain: singing, singing".' – John Burnside

'I admire these poems because they are masterly formal inventions. But I return to them, again and again, for the elegy and the urgency and the prophecy. I want to give this book to the people I love, and say to them, memorize this, never forget.' – Jeet Thayil

'These are powerful haunting poems about rain, death, poetry and love, with the sea pounding unrelentingly in the background. Whether it is about discovering one’s first white hairs or an ode to Patrick Swayze, about seeking ways to surrender "sun-scarred lives" to the tidal dark or to welcome "orphaned slippers, Styrofoam, fossil of crab" washed up by the insomniac ocean, these poems welcome the wildly assorted flotsam of daily detail and transmute them into the greater strangeness of poetry. Elegiac and fevered, Tishani Doshi’s poems search for ways to make their peace with tide and temporality, with fragility and violence, even as they celebrate that there is really "no end to unknowing".' – Arundhathi Subramaniam

Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods is Tishani Doshi's third book of poems, following two earlier, highly praised collections, Everything Belongs Elsewhere, published by Bloodaxe in 2012, and her debut, Countries of the Body, winner of the Forward Prize for best first collection.

'Tishani Doshi’s Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods is an unflinching, tender, witty and wise collection of poems about danger, memory, beauty, time and tide, and transient but treasured joy.' - Mark Reynolds, Bookanista

‘There are flashes of brilliance throughout Tishani Doshi’s wide-ranging third collection – not least in the “bright desperation” of the title poem, one of several responding to the violence so often enacted on women’s bodies, particularly in India, where the author lives.’ – Tristram Fane Saunders, The Daily Telegraph

‘These poems move in different directions, as true poetry should. We hear in them joy and sadness, praise and lament, love and disenchantment – simultaneously. Tishani Doshi speaks courageously about herself, about her choices, about the growing shadows. It’s a beautiful book' – Adam Zagajewski [on Everything Begins Elsewhere]


Tishani Doshi: Everything Begins Elsewhere

Tishani Doshi introduces and reads five poems from Everything Begins Elsewhere: 'The Art of Losing', 'Walking Around' (after Neruda), 'The Memory of Wales' (a sestina), 'The Adulterous Citizen' and 'Homecoming'. Neil Astley filmed her reading from the book after her Ledbury Poetry Festival reading in July 2012.


Tishani Doshi at Poetry Parnassus

Tishani Doshi represented India at Southbank Centre's Poetry Parnassus festival in London in 2012. Here she reads her poem 'The Adulterous Citizen' from her Bloodaxe collection Everything Begins Elsewhere.


BOOKS BY Tishani Doshi

Everything Begins Elsewhere

Tishani Doshi

Everything Begins Elsewhere

Publication Date : 24 May 2012


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