Ikhda, by Ikhda
By (author) Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi
Publication date:24 August 2018
PublisherThe Emma Press
A mind-blowing collection of poems about love, life, and a long-overdue introduction to the unique worldview of Ikhda Ayuning Maharsi. Ikhda captures the intensity and wildness of love, sex, motherhood and family ties through her heady and sensual poems and character sketches. She flexes and chivvies the English language into hitherto undreamt-of places, dipping occasionally into French and Italian, and presents it all back to the reader in compelling, undeniably truthful nuggets, with exquisite tenderness and humanity.
‘The poems celebrate the body, particularly the female body, and she exuberantly invokes its animal functions: the ‘you’ of ‘Anatomy’ is exhorted to ‘pump my breast/ for your kid’ and ‘drink my spit’; in ‘Lys’, the speaker tells us ‘I have had intercourse so many times with my past’, and in the end her sensual pleasures ensure a kind of immortality ‘ — Rachel Piercey, in her introduction to Ikhda, by Ikhda