Author: Nisha Ramayya
Publisher: Ignota Books
"Because we need more rapt, wry, tender, attentive, intimate invocations to enter and alter the political sensorium. This is poetry as cosmic jazz, a deeply alternative prayer book, the thread of a singular journey into questions of gender, embodiment, rage, and history. Ramayya takes language apart in order to put it, lovingly, back together. As Emily Dickinson requires, this will blow the top of your head off."
A modern mystical journey through love – a many-headed snake twisting through devotion, sacrifice and the dream of returning home.
In her visionary debut, Nisha Ramayya conjures an opalescent world by way of Tantric ritual and myth. Thousand-petalled lotuses bloom inside skulls, goddesses with dirty feet charm honeybees, strains of jazz standards bleed into anti-national anthems. States of the Body Produced By Love weaves essays, poetry and images together to offer fierce meditations on diasporic identity, language and resistance. From grief to bliss, this book explores the many states of the body seized by love in an incantation that never leaves its hold.