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Debut collection Hiding to Nothing published spring 2022

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Published by Pavilion Poetry at Liverpool University Press and available at online retailers

Testimonials and reviews

‘Vivid, polyvocal and excoriating, Pati’s poems find an exquisite musicality and a deep sorcery of imagery and momentum. Hiding to Nothing is a humane, fierce, original and uncompromising debut from a major new voice in British poetry.’

Fiona Benson

‘This lyrical first collection explores ideas around self-worth and unbelonging in dazzling brave and powerful poems using a multitude of innovative and exciting forms.’

Mary Mulholland, The Alchemy Spoon

‘Startling, visceral lines … with an energy that often eludes British poetry.’

April Yee, The Poetry Review

‘Anita Pati’s debut collection utilises form and language to devastating effect. The central section is an elegy for all the “neverborns” and the women who were mothers all too briefly. In other poems, uncompromising in scope and content, women’s bodies take centre stage: are shown as being overly scrutinised, found lacking, raped or put under the knife. Channelling a myriad of voices, Pati speaks commandingly for those who, though suffering, continue to see “only stars”.’

Shash Trevett, Poetry Book Society Bulletin

‘Pati’s excoriating debut collection is one of painful yet necessary release: “my chest frays open, / bivalved wires spitting, bloodish”. These vivid poems explore suppression and silencing – the violence of empire, the toxicity of whiteness, the pressures placed upon the female body. […] These confronting, polyvocal dialogues ring with the energy of long-held suffering, finally released into a shared language. […] This visceral, affecting and politically astute collection announces a courageous new voice in British poetry.’

Rebecca Tamás, The Guardian

‘Hiding to Nothing is an inventive, highly original collection, fizzing with barely concealed anger at the violence of Empire, of racism, of patriarchy & of how brown women’s bodies are treated. This excerpt, from the ‘Bloodfruit’ sequence, draws on interviews with many women:

‘I’m unprecious cargo. Not a real woman. My body’s betrayed me.

Q. Are we only worthy when we’ve procreated?’

Hiding to Nothing is bold & rather brilliant.’

Katrina Naomi, Katrina’s Poetry News

‘Anita Pati’s work will resonate with anyone who has personal experience of a difficult journey to parenthood. She manages to encapsulate the pain of infertility, loss and prematurity. Pati lays bare the intensity of the emotions involved, the damage to self-esteem and the complexities of the relationship with our bodies. Her poetry is both beautiful and haunting.’

Kate Brian, Fertility Network UK and Journalist and Author

‘Despite the gravity of its subject matter, Hiding to Nothing is a collection of wit, playfulness and a wonderfully slippery syntax which says one thing and suggests much else. With its linguistic density and intertextuality, play and soundplay, I have read nothing like it – a book of beautifully controlled defiance.’

Sasha Dugdale

‘If the body of a woman could speak, this is the poetry it would write. Raw and filled to the brim with grief, anger, beauty, rage, terror, longing, love and blood. Anita Pati’s body of poetry is poetry of the body, and it stinks of the truth.’

Jody Day, Psychotherapist, author & founder of Gateway Women

‘Anita Pati’s Hiding to Nothing [from] Pavilion Poetry is unforgettable, giving voice to silences of many kinds, esp[ecially] those persisting around infertility. Her poems are compelling, fierce, playful & her approach always unexpected.’ – Fiona Larkin

Hiding to Nothing is a hard-hitting, lyrical exploration of attitudes towards women, particularly black women, and how those attitudes shape lives. […] Anita Pati writes with uncompromising sensitivity and an forensic eye.’

Emma Lee, London Grip

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