Imtiaz Dharker Poems

Imtiaz Dharker is a  Pakistani-born British poet and filmmaker. She also works as an artist. She has thus far written seven books of poetry, the most recent in 2018, Luck is the Hook. Each of these is self-illustrated. Her work is often featured on the GCSE English syllabus. Her poems often engage with themes of freedom, cultural displacement, and gender.


by Imtiaz Dharker

‘Tissue’ by Imtiaz Dharker is a beautifully thoughtful poem about the power paper has in human lives and how, by understanding it, one can also understand humanity.

Imtiaz Dharker's poetry, including 'Tissue,' showcases her distinctive style and thematic concerns. Her poetry often explores themes of identity, memory, and the power of everyday objects. In this poem, Dharker's poetic voice shines through as she contemplates the delicate nature of paper and its connection to human stories. Her unique perspective, shaped by her Pakistani heritage and her experiences as a woman, adds depth and richness to her poetry, making her an important voice in contemporary literature.

Paper that lets the light

shine through, this

is what could alter things.

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