Book Review: Review in Perspective of Veils, Halos & Shackles

Veils, Halos & Shackles is a great anthology of international feminist poetry edited by Charles Fishman and Smita Sahay. The book was conceived in response to the horrific rape and manslaughter of Jyoti Singh Pandey in Delhi and to the unprecedented public protest that followed it.
Congratulations to Charles and my daughter Smita Sahay.
Thank you, Shikhandin and Kitaab journal for this wonderful review.


Five years ago, in January 2013, Charles Ades Fishman and Smita Sahay conceived of Veils, Halos & Shackles, dedicated to ‘Jyoti Singh Pandey, Nadia Anjuman and the uncountable number of other women and girls who have been victims of gender violence’. 

This is a two-part feature consisting of the book review and an interview with Charles Fishman and Smita Sahay. Today we carry the review to be followed by the interview tomorrow.

By Shikhandin

Veils, Halos & Shackles

Title: Veils, Halos & Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women
Edited by Charles Ades Fishman and Smita Sahay
Publisher: Kasva Press, 2016

On the night of 16th December 2012, in New Delhi, Jyoti Singh Pandey was raped and tortured – which included the removal of her intestines with a metal rod – in a moving bus, and thrown out. She and her friend lay on the road…

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