Pipe Rose

"Pipe Rose" by Manahil Bandukwala.

Pipe Rose was released with battleaxe press in 2018. It is a collection of fifteen poems and seven illustrations.

I explore themes of migration, culture, loss, and belonging. The narrator of Pipe Rose traces belonging across different cities and landforms. The poems in this chapbook came out of my experience immigrating to Mississauga, Canada in 2014. I explore themes of migration, culture, loss, and belonging.

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In Bloom

Urdu grows in mama’s garden
coriander curried with brinjal
and okra. The r’s elude
my tongue, Nimra’s name
butchered like goats on Eid

Hindi in the next flowerpot
cumin pods roost in soil
dhana zeera go together
you say Namaste
I reply walaikum asalam

Gujarati mint crushed
by bare feet. Words
strung together by
my novice lips, mama says
maari dikri, maari jaan

Arabic a simple face adorned
in makeup, decked with jewels
peel away façade, find
curvatures of meem and noon
Quranic melody
on Qari Sahib’s tongue

Persian fountain
fresh spring of water: Manahil

"In Bloom" by Manahil Bandukwala