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States of the Body Produced by Love: Nisha Ramayya and Sarah Shin in Conversation

Nisha Ramayya's debut poetry collection States of the Body Produced by Love is a modern mystical journey through love – a many-headed snake twisting through devotion, sacrifice and the dream of returning home.

By way of Tantric ritual and myth, Ramayya conjures an opalescent world where thousand-petalled lotuses bloom inside skulls, goddesses with dirty feet charm honeybees, strains of jazz standards bleed into anti-national anthems. Weaving 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.

Following readings from States of the Body Produced by Love, Ramayya will be discussing tantra and non-dualistic belief systems in her work in conversation with Sarah Shin, and the influence of Taoism in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness and broader work.