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When the copperplate cracks by Imtiaz Dharker

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Published on Apr 24, 2013

When the copperplate cracks (Theatrum Orbis Terrarum)
Imtiaz Dharker

So this is how it is done, one hand inching
round the coast to map its ins and outs,
to mark the point where ink may kiss
the river's mouth, or blade make up
a terra incognita, an imagined south.

Imtiaz Dharker is a poet, artist and documentary film-maker. She was born in Lahore, grew up in Scotland, worked for many years in India and now lives between Mumbai, London and Wales. Her collections of poems include Purdah (Oxford University Press), Postcards from god, I speak for the devil and The terrorist at my table (all published by Penguin India and Bloodaxe Books UK) and Leaving Fingerprints (Bloodaxe Books UK). Her poems have been widely broadcast on BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 3, BBC World Service and on television. She is a poet on the UK national curriculum and performs at Poetry Live! events across Britain, to over 70,000 students a year. She has had ten solo exhibitions of drawings in India, London, New York and Hong Kong. All of her books of poems also contain her drawings. She scripts and directs films, many of them for non-government organisations in India, working in the area of shelter, education and health for women and children.

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