Kashmiri poet Rumuz E Bekhudi brings us three poems that, although reflecting on the present predicament that Kashmiris are faced with, go far beyond to trace the lines where dispossession, suffering and tyranny are drawn, and with them the space where resistance is born and persists. These three can be read as individual pieces of poetry but remain tied together under the title “Pickle of Grief” because aside from the complex emotions that emanate from such verses, grief is perhaps the most palpable and common. Readers are advised to expect verses that are not easy to behold given the violence and brutality from which they emanate. However rigid the nature of such violence, it leaves cracks from where such poetic verses find momentum.

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