The poems in The Fingers Remember inhabit many physical and emotional landscapes, but they are tied together by the theme of memory. In the face of loss and grief, this book is an insistence on remembering as an act of love, of healing, and of resistance. Sometimes, this is about personal memory, and sometimes about political memory. Sometimes, it is about conscious memory, and sometimes it is about what the body remembers. Sometimes, it is about what we remember, and sometimes about who we remember, about how the refusal to forget can in itself be an act of empathy and compassion. And in the title poem, it’s not just about individuals but also about what cultures and societies remember — what aspects of ourselves we cling to depsite everything, what we can’t let go of no matter how hard we try, how we choose to keep the remembered alive in the present, how we choose to forget. The book, then, is that tension between forgetting and remembering, between giving in and resisting.
Published by: Yoda Press
Price: Rs. 195/-