In her review of Veils, Halos & Shackles, poet Rashida Murphy writes:
This anthology is a sustained call for an intellectual and emotional uprising. It situates the reader at the heart of violence against women without ever seeming shrill or censorious. Veils, Halos & Shackles was conceived as a response to the brutal gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey on a bus in Delhi in 2012. The unprecedented public activism for women’s safety, that followed Jyoti Pandey’s horrific death, prompted the editors of this anthology to put out a worldwide call for poetry on the themes of oppression and empowerment of women. 180 poets from 25 countries, who contributed more than 250 poems in this beautifully printed and bound anthology, responded to the call.
The introduction by Laura Wiseman locates us firmly in the power of language to make paradigm shifts. Wiseman notes that the word ‘male’ is often dropped from the phrase ‘male violence against women.’ She comments on the “deep cross-cultural awareness and a close attention to the intersectionality that fosters power and privilege” in this collection. Additionally, this collection focuses on rawness, testimony, and honesty.
Read the full review here!