Paper Doll

Paper Doll by Manahil Bandukwala

Paper Doll traces a crumbling through a series of poems. The narrator crosses lands to find each one as unfamiliar as the last. The poems deconstruct the stories and languages the narrator grew up with, ending with a conclusion of sorts to what to do after.

I drew and painted the cover art for Paper Doll. The cover shows the crumbling facade of Mohatta Palace, a historic site and art museum in my hometown of Karachi. The disintegration of the familiar, combined with the overgrowth and overtaking of flowers, encompasses the emotion of the chapbook. The three flowers on the cover, jasmines, roses, and marigolds, appear in poems in the chapbook.

This is my second poetry chapbook. It came out with Anstruther Press in 2019. The official launch was held on March 1st, 2019.

The collection is a companion to Pipe Rose, as it maps out an alternative ending to the ruminations on loss that crop up in Pipe Rose. 

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To be important

first kiss
ocean shore

Human bones
into wolf

of millennia

Cauldrons tucked
in grottos
through cracks

We swim
in waves


Never where
lovers meet