Moniza Alvi was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1954 and moved to Hertfordshire with her family at an early age. She studied at York University and is now head of English at a secondary school. She was recently editor of Poetry London Newsletter and was joint winner of the Poetry Business Competition in 1991. The Country at My Shoulder is her first collection. Her imagery is rich and her subjects are diverse and often extremely inventive; at the heart of this collection is the idea of a lost homeland. This poem appears in the collection, which is published by Oxford University Press at pounds 6.99.
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