Written by Shaleen Rakesh, an author and activist based in the Capital, The Lion and the Antler, a compilation of queer poetry, is a revolutionary book in that it promotes queer literature in the country.
The book hits some sensitive notes in its poems, touching topics most pertinent to the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning) community, especially in the current scenario when gay rights movements are reverberating throughout the country. The short poems touch upon a range of diverse topics, from feeling like an outsider to the concept of God, to the innocence of childhood.
Divided in four parts, the poems are written in a lucid and easy format. The highlight, perhaps, is that the poems are written in an Indian context, and that makes them more relatable to the readers. The book makes for an interesting read not only to understand the queer culture, but also to perceive life’s vagaries and eccentricities.
Title: The Lion and the Antler
Author: Shaleen Rakesh
Publisher: World View Publications
Price: Rs 350