The work focuses on historical scenes that have set the stage for critical and communal discourse on hate crimes committed against South Asian migrants within a larger context of anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, which have seen a documented rise since the attacks on the World Trade Center, spiking after the 2016 Presidential elections.
The book centers on three historical scenes that represent nationally significant hate-crimes: the assault on and death of Navroze Mody, after leaving a café (New Jersey, 1987); the murder of Balbir Singh Sodhi (Arizona, 2001), while planting flowers outside his own gas station; the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, while he was having an after-work drink at a bar (Kansas, 2017).
The poems pursue documentary traditions, favoring an expansive approach to intertextuality, source-to-page relationships, the range of roles available for the voice, and intermedial contact (between text and image).
Photographs by Natanya Pulley at Colorado College
Photographs by Aaron Cohick
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