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This Prisoner Breathes

From: Prairie Schooner
Volume 87, Number 4, Winter 2013
p. 30 | 10.1353/psg.2013.0143

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I am trapped in a jungle of voices
In which I cannot spread my wings
Even so, you insist that I take flight
You will not set me free
And are so offended by my point of view
That you stitch my eyelashes closed
You insist that I must explain the weather
Terrorize my feet with echoes of chains
You say that my desire to be free
Is too much for your precious jungle
Yet you set fire to the boat carrying my feelings
Surround this sea of feeling with desert sand
But listen!
Whatever happens …
Suffocation, torture, desert or jungle
This prisoner breathes

Noshi Gillani  

Noshi Gillani is a poet from Pakistan who writes in Urdu. Her fifth collection of poems, Ay Meeray Shureek-E-Risal-E-Jaan, Hum Tera Intezaar Kurtay Rahey (O My Beloved, I Kept Waiting for You), was published in Pakistan. She has performed at poetry gatherings in Pakistan, Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Lavinia Greenlaw  

Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. She has published four collections of poetry: Night Photograph; A World Where News Travelled Slowly; Minsk, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot, Forward, and Whitbread Poetry Prizes; and The Casual Perfect. Her first novel, Mary George of Allnorthover, has appeared in the Netherlands, the United States, Germany, and France, where it won the Prix du Premier Roman Etranger. Her second novel is An Irresponsible Age, followed by two nonfiction works: The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland.

Nukhbah Langah  

Nukhbah Langah was born in Pakistan and came to the UK to complete her PhD on contemporary Siraiki poetry at the University of Leeds. She returned to Pakistan and is now teaching in the English faculty of Forman Christian College University in Lahore.

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Noshi Gillani. and Lavinia Greenlaw. and Nukhbah Langah. "This Prisoner Breathes." Prairie Schooner 87.4 (2013): 30-30. Project MUSE. Web. 27 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Gillani, N. & Greenlaw, L. & Langah, N.(2013). This Prisoner Breathes. Prairie Schooner 87(4), 30. University of Nebraska Press. Retrieved January 27, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Noshi Gillani and Lavinia Greenlaw and Nukhbah Langah. "This Prisoner Breathes." Prairie Schooner 87, no. 4 (2013): 30-30. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 27, 2014).
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